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Measuring affective reactions on information objects: quantitative vs. qualitative analysis

Irene Lopatovska

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a multidisciplinary field, which combines the theories and practices from a number of fields including computer science, cognitive and behavioral psychology, anthropology, sociology, ergonomics, industrial design, and more. The combination of theories and practices from a number of different fields makes HCI a unique field with many different sub-communities or specializations. In this paper we use author cocitation analysis (ACA) to begin to explore how the field of HCI has evolved into a field with many specializations or sub-communities.

ACA allows the unseen structures and relationships in the literature as seen by citing authors to emerge. Here, ACA allows us to visualize the connections between well-cited authors within the field of HCI. Overall, the analysis of the literature shows clusters of authors corresponding to seven distinct viewpoints within HCI: Participatory Design (PD), Computer-Supported Collaborative (or Cooperative) Work (CSCW), User-Centered Design, Cognitive Engineering, Cognitive Theories and Models, Design Theory and Complexity, and Design Rationale.

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