The X Factor

Defining the Concept of Experience
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9746)

Abstract

The term User Experience has become mainstream. But what is an experience? In this paper I will give a definition of the concept, explaining it within the paradigm of evolutionary psychology. I will briefly describe its main components (executive functions, episodic and semantic memory), mechanisms (learning, reinforcement, evaluation), and goals (the motivational system and the inclusive fitness). Finally, I will provide some reasons of the usefulness of an explicit definition of experience, both within an academic context and the design and business practice.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Cognitive ScienceUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly

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