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Applied Psychology (University of Essex course code PS118)

I teach two lectures on the Year 1 Applied Psychology module. Ostensibly, the topic is Human-Machine Interaction, but I prefer to take a wider look at issues in applied psychology and information design. The first lecture covers the basics and the second takes a close look at schematic maps as a way of understanding what applied psychology can achieve and its potential limitations.


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Lecture 1

Basic Concepts and Principles

In what ways can psychology be applied to improve the world? Background: ergonomics, human-machine interaction, human-computer interaction, information design and data visualisation. Basic usability principles
and understanding human error.

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Lecture 2

Schematic Maps as Information Design

Why are schematic maps/transit maps interesting from a psychology perspective. How to create an effective map? Example of applying psychological theories and methods
to improve design. Understanding the potential pitfalls in usability testing.

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