The psychology behind software for children
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The psychology behind software for children

Usability considerations during the design, construction and testing processes

About the Book

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.

This book is a translation into English of La psicología detrás de las aplicaciones para niños which was originally written in Spanish.

About the Author

Nadia Cavalleri
Nadia Cavalleri

International speaker and passionate about testing and quality.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Knowing our users: What do we need to know about children before we start? Chapter 2 – Children’s cognitive development: 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. Chapter 3 – Children and their relationship with games: 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 … Chapter 4 – But they also have aspects in common: 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. Chapter 5 – How do we know if children like our system?: User acceptance tests, User acceptance tests with children. Chapter 6 – To recap…

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