Skeuomorphic reassurance : personhood and dementia

Kreps, DGP ORCID:, Burmeister, O and Blaynee, JM 2016, Skeuomorphic reassurance : personhood and dementia , in: 12th IFIP TC 9 International Conference on Human Choice and Computers, HCC12 2016, Proceedings, September 7-9, 2016, Salford, UK.

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This paper introduces the concept of ‘skeomorphic reassurance’ as a guiding principle for human interfaces in technological development and design, particularly for older people and people with dementia (PwD). Skeuomorphs exhibit decorative design elements reminiscent of ‘parent’ objects that incorporated such design elements because they were structurally integral. Human interfaces adopted by new technologies need to be carefully balanced between novelty and recognisability. The philosophy of personhood is discussed in the context of dementia, concluding that the subjective character of conscious mental processes is an irreducible feature of reality, and that the persistence of personhood in PwD constitutes a further argument in support of this assertion. Assistive technologies that aid family and carers, as well as PwD, and their relationships, need to ensure that skeuomorphic reassurance is incorporated in their design, not least because older people and PwD need recognisable interfaces today, but, as this paper argues, because the problems today’s over-65s have with digital technologies may quite likely not go away, but re-present themselves generation after generation, unless skeuomorphic reassurance is built into their design.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Series Name: IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISBN: 9783319448046
ISSN: 1868-4238
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr DGP Kreps
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 11:51
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 21:20

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