Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 8, No. 2 (2011)

A whole new mind in human-computer interaction

Steven Pace, School of Creative and Performing Arts, CQUniversity Australia


In the provocative bestselling book 'A whole new mind', author Daniel Pink (2005) uses the two hemispheres of the human brain as a metaphor for a shift that he believes is occurring in Western society. Pink argues that society is moving from an Information Age, characterised predominantly by logical, linear, L-Directed (left-brain) Thinking, to a Conceptual Age that will prize inventive, empathic, R-Directed (right-brain) Thinking. According to Pink, professional success and personal fulfilment in this new Conceptual Age will increasingly depend on six essential aptitudes: design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning. This paper lends qualified support to the spirit of Pink’s argument by considering how the cross-disciplinary field of human-computer interaction is currently being reshaped by these six aptitudes.

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