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Don't have to know what it is like to be a bat to build a radar reflector - functionalism in UX

: Kerkow, Daniel

Law, E.:
Towards a UX Manifesto. COST294-MAUSE affiliated workshop. Proceedings
Lancaster, 2007
Workshop Towards a UX Manifesto <2007, Lancaster>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IESE ()
human-computer interaction; user experience; quality; software engineering; system engineering; measurement theory

In this paper we propose a functionalistic definition of User Experience. First we relate the concept of qualia, as it is used in the discussion of subjective experience in philosophy of mind to the rather technology- oriented term User Experience. We focus on a position in functionalism, which supports us in claiming an alleviated definition of the properties of subjective experience. Then, measurement- theoretical considerations motivate the outlining of four UX- related quality models, as they are typically applied in systems and software engineering. Finally the need for a goal- and purpose- oriented framework is discussed.