A New User Testing Methodology for Digitally Mediated Human-Animal Interaction

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A New User Testing Methodology for Digitally Mediated Human-Animal Interaction

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dc.contributor.author Westerlaken, Michelle
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-02T11:15:41Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-02T11:15:41Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17423
dc.description.abstract This thesis evaluates a novel methodology for the user testing of digitally mediated human-animal interactions. The proposed method includes the structural analysis of video observations following a Grounded Theory approach. Complemented with more subjective human observations, this methodology aims to initiate a more informed iterative design and research process in which the animal’s experience with a playful artefact is analysed and reflected upon. The research involves the user testing of a prototype for an independently developed tablet game designed for cats and humans. With a focus on the user experience of the cat, the data analysis of this study results in new insights in the behaviour of the cat while interacting with the game. These outcomes are subsequently concluded in the form of design iterations that can help to improve the prototype. This study demonstrates how a new methodology can provide an initial focus on the perceptions and experience of the animal and lead to valuable insights that can advance the design of a digital artefact intended for animal use. Further research in this new area of interaction design can benefit from this study by expanding the theoretical framework and methodologies to different contexts and settings with the integration of playful technological artefacts and other animals that are known to engage in natural play. en_US
dc.format.extent 50 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle en_US
dc.subject animal en_US
dc.subject computer en_US
dc.subject interaction en_US
dc.subject design en_US
dc.subject digitally en_US
dc.subject mediated en_US
dc.subject cats en_US
dc.subject grounded theory en_US
dc.title A New User Testing Methodology for Digitally Mediated Human-Animal Interaction en_US
dc.type H1 en_US
dc.setspec.uppsok Technology en_US
mahlocal.xprt.faculty2019 KS
mahlocal.xprt.institution2019 K3
mahlocal.xprt.program Interaction Design (master)
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