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Tips of how to use user’s biases and behaviors  to create better UX

UX and the Hook
  • The author is thinking if designers’ being aware of the user’s biases and behaviours can help design technology to persuade people to behave in a certain way.
  • The articles covers the following ideas:
    • Tapping into the user’s mental model
    • Changing digital habits
    • Creating the hook (hook model: trigger, action, reward, investment)
    • Designing for irrationalities
    • A positive reinforcement/sustainable behaviour change
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Thinking of designing dialogue? Here are some more reasons for you to start doing it.

Why We Need to Design Dialogue… Now
  • The author talks about his book “Making Conversation”, his design projects for the last 18 months, and shares what he’s learned about designing dialogue in the last year:
    • Dialogue always works
    • Difference matters
    • Adding creativity maximizes joy
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Why We Need to Design Dialogue... Now

Designing a chatbot personality? Here are some tips that might help you do it.

How to Design a Chatbot Personality
  • The author believes personality to be the number one factor for increasing user engagement. And though your chatbot may be simple and basic, the people interacting with it tend to assign it a personality.
  • Unlike websites and mobile apps, which are designed to deliver the same experience for everyone, chatbots interact with people on a one-to-one basis.
  • The author suggests the following steps for designing a chatbot personality:
    • Start with the chatbot’s role
    • Flesh out the job description
    • Select your chatbot’s gender
    • Select your chatbot’s age
    • Create a thumbnail biography
    • Give your chatbot a name
    • Visualize your chatbot
    • Bring it to life!
  • Following this same procedure for every chatbot gives you enough of a foundation to then have the chatbot “take” a personality assessment test and then it’s just a matter of applying the personality type to your chatbot through the use of dialogue and emojis.
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How to Design a Chatbot Personality

Feeling like a fraud? Everyone can experience impostor syndrome when trying something new and user researchers aren’t an exception. However, there are ways to ease this feeling and embrace the fear of failure. It’s time we started dealing with impostor syndrome. Let’s find out the ways to do that.

Dealing with Impostor Syndrome as a User Researcher
  • Nikki Anderson-Stanier, Founder at User Research Academy, shares her perspective on:
    • Their definition of imposter syndrome
    • Author’s experience of managing impostor syndrome throughout her career
    • Ways impostor syndrome manifests in user research
  • There are some ways to ease the feeling of being an impostor and embrace the fear of failure:
    • Try a different method or push yourself to present research in a new way.
    • Learn how to take feedback in stride.
    • Own and celebrate your achievements.
    • See yourself as a work-in-progress.
    • If you don’t know, ask for help.
    • Remember you are the expert on this subject.
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The REAL reason the Unconscious holds you back
  • The unconscious is not made up of thought but dictate behaviours that happen automatically and these are behaviours you may not be aware of.
  • Some of the ways that we unconsciously deflect attention and prevent ourselves from being seen:
    • Humour
    • Sarcasm
    • Intellectualism
    • Perfectionism
    • Isolation
  • The unconscious exists because the brain is a metabolically expansive structure.
  • The Ego and two things that are inherently wrong with working with the ego:
    1. When you invent a desired ego in an attempt to hide your mistakes.
    2. It is not healthy to keep things smooth and under control.
  • The problem with reprogramming the unconscious mind is subjecting the unconscious to see a certain way ****— essentially fabricating a new ego.
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What is identity and how to define it?

How humans understand identity
  • This article explores the different aspects of how a typical user understands concepts related to identity.
  • In order to explicitly understand abstract terms like “identity”, Nima Kamoosi**,** Founder at Universal Identity, suggests looking closely at the following points:
    • Definitions (reiteration of the basic terms and concepts)
    • Economic activities and mental models (our mental models have evolved with significant influence from the economic activities that help sustain us and our societies)
    • Multi-identity (a person’s self-identity morphs depending on the context of the social circle or context it is embedded in)
    • Identity as a tool (identity-related artifacts and tools)
  • The ultimate goal of understanding the mental models of typical users is building intuitive identity systems and applications.
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