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Cognitive Decline in Aging? Perhaps, It Should Be Cognitive Enlargement!

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Here is a great example of why we need to interpret our results carefully, not just jump to the conclusion that a correlation demonstrates a cause/effect relationship. In this study, they found that the reason it takes older people longer to do many cognitive tasks is that they have so much information in long term memory that is simply takes longer to search through it…

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User Experience in the Mainstream Media

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It was great to read this interview with Michael Heilemann from Squarespace and Aarron Walter from Mailchimp at Fast Company magazine. The takeaway I want to highlight today is that the way these two tech execs define user experience is very interdisciplinary. It involves every area of human factors. As a quick test, I scanned the list of HFES Technical Groups and I couldn’t find one that wasn’t included and essential in their definition…

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3D Printing, Unexpected Consequences, and User Experience

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Is this something that you would appreciate as a user? “The startup KeyMe, which says it’s trying to bring “innovation” to the locksmith industry, has launched a partnership with the 3-D printing marketplace Shapeways to let people print copies of their own keys on demand.”…

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How Important is Response Time for Automated Emails?

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I just signed up for an email newsletter (don’t ask!!) and I realized something when I got the mandatory “I am not a bot and this is my real email” request. I received the confirmation email in less than a second after hitting enter on the host’s website. That made me feel very confident of the quality/reliability/legitimacy of the host…

Ergonomic Design: Buzzword or Key Differentiator?

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Is this really an ergonomic improvement? Or is it just aesthetics fooling our body into thinking it will feel good? “Home Depot’s new Big Gripper all-purpose bucket is a handy improvement on the old school, five-gallon contractor pail. An ergonomic handle and patent pending “pocket grip” on the underside sets the product apart on the shelf, but more importantly, the design is a showpiece for a new approach to big box merchandising.”…

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