Creating Content That Influences People: Considering User Experience and Behavioral Design in Technical Communication

Nadya Shalamova, Gustav Verhulsdonck

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Abstract

As people today use information products in contexts with distractions, we need to design for people’s attention. User experience design routinely relies on behavioral design to engage distracted users and nudge them toward specific behavior. Although practiced in user experience design, behavioral design is less known in technical communication. In this article, we use the CHOICES (Context, Habits, Other people, Incentives, Congruence, Emotions, and Salience) framework developed by<br>McKinsey’s Behavioral Lab to introduce students to learn about behavioral design principles that make use of cognitive biases to influence people. We maintain that behavioral design is useful for technical communicators because they create digital assets that are part of the user experience.<br><br>
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)TBD
JournalJournal of Technical Writing and Communication
VolumeTBD-Online First
Issue numberTBD
StatePublished - Nov 11 2019

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