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Designing for Flow (Kshitiz Anand)

October 25, 2013

Designing for Flow (Kshitiz Anand)

Flow, a mental state, first proposed by psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi; is characterized by a distorted sense of time, a lack of self-consciousness, and complete engagement in the task at hand. Often measured as a function of the emotional outcome, Flow is a useful tool to understand User Experience.


October 25, 2013

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  1. Marcus Arelius in his writings 'the Meditations’, wrote a lot

    about the flow of thoughts and happiness and he concluded that "most things flow naturally" and in his opinion it was better to "Go with the Flow" than to try and change society.
  2. People who learn to control inner experience will be able

    to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy. - M Csikszentmihalyi, Flow, 1990
  3. But its easier said than done… So let us go

    a bit deeper into understanding this
  4. What actually goes on in the human mind, when we

    are looking at designing for happiness
  5. What interests us, is how sensory data (what we experience

    through our senses) are collected processed, stored and used
  6. But there are limits of Consciousness : How much information

    bits can the human mind (central nervous system) process ?
  7. Shortest time it takes to discriminate between one set of

    information bit and other is about 1/18th of a second
  8. One can process upto 126 bits of information per second

    = 7560 bits per minute = Almost half a million per hour = 185 billion bits of information in a lifetime * * Assumption: Lifespan = 70years, and 16 hours or active waking time each days
  9. 185 billion bits of information in a lifetime !!!! Seems

    a lot, but it is not! To understand what the other person is saying, 40 bits of information are processed each second.
  10. ATTENTION is Psychic energy, that decides what information bits need

    to be processed and tells the consciousness what to do
  11. COMPLEXITY is a result of differentiation and Integration in Information.

    Differentiation à Move towards uniqueness Integration à Union of old vs new, other ideas, preconceived impressions