The psychology behind software for children

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How different could be building applications for children? After having participated in these types of projects, I guarantee you that this question should not be underestimated. There are many differences as a result of their preferences, limitations and progress according to the evolutionary stage in which they are.

In this ebook I share my lessons learned and my sources of learning. We will go into the child psychology from a cognitive point of view. We will see how this affects the software development process and how was my experience at UAT stage.

Do not miss this beautiful experience where usability was one of the greatest protagonists.


 What do we need to know about children before we start?

In which cognitive stage are our users? Sensory-motor stage, Pre-operative or Pre-operational stage, Stage of concrete operations, Stage of formal operations, Impact of these stages on the software development process and first conclusions.

Games, a particular type of application, Games in the sensory-motor stage, Games in the pre-operative stage, Games in the stage of specific operations, Games in the stage of formal operations, Summary …

Digital natives, Frustration management, Reducing the cognitive load of applications, Reading-comprehension, Psychomotor development and physical differences, Symbolic capacity, Mental models, Audiovisual and advertising content, Parental control.

User acceptance tests, User acceptance tests with children.

Summary and conclusions

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29 (ES), 27(EN)



Fehca de publicación

2/6/2020 (ES), 23/8/2020 (EN)