Designing memory probes to inform dialogue

Wenn Chieh Tsai, Daniel Orth, Elise Van Den Hoven

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    9 Citations (Scopus)


    To investigate the phenomenon that occurs during interactions between used objects and autobiographical memories, which are both ever-changing and imbedded with personal significance, an adapted probing method capable of managing these complex qualities is needed. This pictorial is our attempt to find a nuanced indication of how probes could go beyond common usage to facilitate complex felt experience, and how probes can be used in less prescriptive ways to instead promote reminiscent dialogues that are rich and open to interpretation for both participants and researchers. It illustrates our exploration into potential Memory Probes and how this might be done that reflects the value we see in creating restrictions or limitations in technologymediated interactions to encourage active participation by users in social acts such as memory creation and remembrance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDIS 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450349222
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2017
    Event12th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2017 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Jun 201714 Jun 2017


    Conference12th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2017
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • Autobiographical memory
    • Cherished object
    • Design probe
    • Participatory inquiry paradigm
    • Reminiscence
    • Traces of use

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software
    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
    • Human-Computer Interaction


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