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Christian Sturm <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 23 May 2013 10:39:37 +0200
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Interact 2013 Workshop CfP - HCI should not be WEIRD


***apologies for cross-posting***




HCI should not be WEIRD - Replicating Studies across Countries and Cultures


Workshop at Interact 2013, September 3rd, 2013


Cape Town, South Africa



Questionnaire submission for participants: June 1st, 2013

Notification: June 7th, 2013








In recent years, researchers in psychology and economics have increasingly
called for a consideration of more diverse subject populations. Summarizing
contradictory findings between different human populations in various
domains such as visual perception or analytic reasoning, Henrich et al.
(2010) observed that these research results are not broadly representative.
In fact, findings in psychology are almost exclusively based on American
undergraduates and other WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and
Democratic) subjects.


Human-Computer Interaction researchers often build on these findings, thus
designing technology that is optimized for WEIRD people. Moreover, a large
majority of articles published at prominent HCI venues such as Interact or
CHI reports on studies with WEIRD participants, ignoring that these results
might not be replicable with other subject populations.


In this workshop, we aim to tackle two main questions:

(1) How can we replicate user studies with more diverse participants (e.g.,
in other countries and cultures)?

(2) What are major HCI principles that are currently being taken for
granted, but which are most likely not replicable across different countries
and cultures?






The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and industry
practitioners with a diverse cultural background and extensive experience in
conducting user research internationally and cross-culturally. The audience
should be engaged in the issues of globalization, internationalization and
localization of products, systems, and services while focusing on cultural
issues of technology and user experience. Participants will be selected by
the organizers according to the aim of getting people together with
different cultural, working and scientific backgrounds as well as based on
the participants' prior experience in the field. In order to participate in
the workshop, please submit the questionnaire available at the workshop's
website ( before May 15th.






Christian Sturm, Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Katharina Reinecke, Harvard University, USA

Sebastian Linxen, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern
Switzerland, Switzerland 






For further information about the workshop please contact Christian Sturm
([log in to unmask]) and visit the workshop's website:


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