Thesis readings on the whiteboard

I began filling a whiteboard with my thesis readings. So far, I have 27 separate readings, of which I have read 19 (8 to go, and I’m sure there will be more to come!).

My thesis topic lies at the intersection of many topics. In looking at my readings, I came up with 6 topic areas: Cognition (which includes decision-making, learning, and attitudes), Persuasion, Behavior and Behavior Change, Environmental Issues and Awareness, Information Design, and Rhetoric. In order to make sure that my readings are not too heavy in one area, I tagged them to show which of the 6 topics applied to each reading. Many, as you’ll see, have more than one tag. Some tags are a bit iffy and I made decide that some topics don’t really apply to some readings after all.

Below are visualizations of my readings and the topic areas:

All thesis readings

Topic: Cognition (includes decision-making, attitudes, and learning)

Topic: Persuasion

Topic: Behavior and Behavior Change

Topic: Environmental Issues and Awareness

Topic: Information Design

Topic: Rhetoric

And here are the individual readings. * = haven’t read yet. It seems I have many that I still need to read in the topic of Environmental Issues.

Topic: Cognition (includes decision-making, attitudes, and learning)

  • “Captology: A Critical Review” by Atkinson
  • The Psychology of Attitudes and Attitude Change by Maio and Haddock
  • Predicting & Changing Behavior: the Reasoned Action Approach by Fischbein and Ajzen*
  • Social Cognition: An Integrated Introduction by Walker, Augostinos, and Donoghue*
  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Thaler and Sunstein
  • Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things by Norman
  • Things that Make Us Smart by Norman
  • Information Anxiety 2 by Wurman

Topic: Persuasion

  • “Behavior Wizard: A Method for Matching Target Behaviors with Solutions” by Fogg and Hreha
  • Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change what We Think and Do by Fogg
  • “Environmental Values & Behaviors: Strategies to Encourage Public Support for Initiatives to Combat Global Warming” by Rhode*
  • “The Application of Persuasion Theory to the Development of Effective Proenvironmental Public Service Announcements” by Cialdini and Bator*
  • “Design with Intent: Using Design to Influence Behavior” by Lockton
  • “Captology: A Critical Review” by Atkinson
  • The Psychology of Attitudes and Attitude Change by Maio and Haddock
  • “The Rhetoric of Neutrality” by Kinross
  • “Information & Persuasion: Rivals or Partners?” by McCoy

Topic: Behavior and Behavior Change

  • “Behavior Change Support Systems: A Research Model and Agenda” by Oinas-Kukkonen
  • “Behavior Wizard: A Method for Matching Target Behaviors with Solutions” by Fogg and Hreha
  • “Environmental Values & Behaviors: Strategies to Encourage Public Support for Initiatives to Combat Global Warming” by Rhode*
  • “Knowledge, Information, and Household Recycling: Examining the Knowledge-Deficit Model of Behavior Change” by Schultz*
  • Environmental Problems and Human Behavior by Gardner and Stern*
  • “Design with Intent: Using Design to Influence Behavior” by Lockton
  • The Psychology of Attitudes and Attitude Change by Maio and Haddock
  • Predicting & Changing Behavior: the Reasoned Action Approach by Fischbein and Ajzen*
  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Thaler and Sunstein

Topic: Environmental Issues and Awareness

  • Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere by Cox*
  • “Worldchanging: Bright Green (website)
  • “Environmental Values & Behaviors: Strategies to Encourage Public Support for Initiatives to Combat Global Warming” by Rhode*
  • “Knowledge, Information, and Household Recycling: Examining the Knowledge-Deficit Model of Behavior Change” by Schultz*
  • Environmental Problems and Human Behavior by Gardner and Stern*
  • “The Application of Persuasion Theory to the Development of Effective Proenvironmental Public Service Announcements” by Cialdini and Bator*
  • “Design with Intent: Using Design to Influence Behavior” (website) by Lockton
  • “Design Can Change the World” by Pilloton
  • “GOOD” (website)

Topic: Information Design (examples and/or theories)

  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Tufte*
  • Envisioning Information by Tufte
  • The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics by Wong*
  • Information Anxiety 2 by Wurman
  • Things that Make Us Smart by Norman
  • “The Rhetoric of Neutrality” by Kinross
  • “Information & Persuasion: Rivals or Partners?” by McCoy
  • “GOOD” (website)

Topic: Rhetoric (implicit or explicit)

  • “The Rhetorical Situation” by Bitzer
  • “How Many ‘Rhetorics’?” by Booth
  • “The Rhetoric of Neutrality” by Kinross
  • “Information & Persuasion: Rivals or Partners?” by McCoy
  • “Design Can Change the World” by Pilloton
  • “Captology: A Critical Review” by Atkinson
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