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Controlling experience or experiencing control?

Van Leeuwen, Lieselotte, Westwood, Diane and Gielen, Mathieu (2012) Controlling experience or experiencing control? In: Proceedings of 8th International Design and Emotion Conference London 2012. UNSPECIFIED. (Submitted)

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Using Reversal Theory (Apter, 2002, 2007a) as an
example this paper proposes a way to ‘translate’ a
psychological concept into the realm of design in a
way that maximizes understanding and potential for
application in the context of play. The given
presentation of Reversal Theory is the result of the
analysis of student’s use of available sources in idea
development for play in children. The description
aims to enhance the usability of the concept by
providing a modular presentation of aspects which
could be used in isolation but reach their full
potential when integrated. Different options to use
this modular framework in design tutoring are
discussed. The project is seen as a step towards
increasing the use of current psychological concepts
to inform design for play.
Keywords: Play, Reversal Theory, design for
experience, design ideas, design education

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Additional Information: Paper submitted for presentation at "Out of Control": [Proceedings of] 8th International Design and Emotion Conference, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London, 11-14 Sept 2012
Depositing User: Lieselotte Van Leeuwen


Item ID: 2767
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Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2012 14:08
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 09:06


Author: Lieselotte Van Leeuwen
Author: Diane Westwood
Author: Mathieu Gielen

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Psychology


Design > Industrial Design
Psychology > Psychology

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