Understanding technology in a playful way: How can older users lose their fear of modern technology?

Playful behavior and curiosity are the ideal conditions for learning, among other reasons, because with this principle the person learning receives immediate feedback. This knowledge can be utilized in the development of technical applications: In designing user interfaces, interactive elements are employed to motivate the use of these applications.

The Chair of Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics at the TU Berlin is now investigating whether older people lose fear of contact through playful use of mobile Internet-based products and services and whether they can better be initiated into the use of modern technologies with positive interaction experiences.

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