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DSGN 495-37: Design and Emotion


This doctoral seminar is designed to introduce students to the study of design and emotion. Each week, we will cover an area in depth, review readings, and discuss critical issues of theory and experimentation. Because design and emotion research is heavily influenced by social psychological, human computer interaction, and organizational behavior, we will review work in all of these areas.

An additional goal of this seminar is to practice a variety of skills that should prove useful in your academic careers such as synthesizing research, understanding research designs, developing research questions, reviewing manuscripts, and submitting papers for publication. As the course progresses, we will expect you to develop expertise in a domain of interest and explore and present new research ideas.

The course is organized around the initial stages of a novel design research project. As the term progresses we will expect you to conduct background research, create design sketches, and construct and test low-fidelity prototypes. You should think of the goal of this project as something that might ultimately be presented at a leading academic conference.

If you intend to join the class, please:

  1. Contact Michael Horn and Liz Gerber to communicate your intention
  2. Be prepared to discuss the following readings on the first day of class:
    • Norman, D. A. (2004) Emotional Design: Why we love (or hate) everyday things. New York: Basic Books. (Prologue, Chapters 1, 2, and 3)
    • Ortony, A., Norman, D.A., & Revelle, W. (2005). The role of affect and proto-affect in effective functioning. In J.M. Fellous & M.A. Arbib (Eds.), Who Needs Emotions? The brain meets the robot (pp. 173-202). New York: Oxford University Press.



Quarter Offered