Human Behaviour in Design

Human Behaviour in Design involves studies of human behaviour during a development or problem-solving process.

The aim is to gain a deeper understanding of the activities and thought processes of developers when working on specific development tasks. This requires knowledge about sequences of activities and thought patterns, how they are integrated into the development process and how they are influenced by the use of methods.

Research at the Chair of Product Development involves direct and indirect observation of developers through a qualitative and quantitative approach. The use of physiological measurement methods helps to better understand the thought processes of developers to evaluate and further develop methods or adapt them to specific contexts.

The research area is divided into the following main topics:

  • Understanding the thought processes of developers during problem-solving
  • (Further-) development of methods through the study of cognitive processes
  • Research methods and study designs for method development and evaluation