What every designer should know about “situational control”

For a long time, I have been fascinated by Zimbardo’s work. Not just the famous (or infamous) Prison Experiments, but his other work. A common thread running through his work is the concept of “situational control” or the idea that individual agency plays a lesser role, and the structure of the situation plays a greates role in determining human behavior. What does situational control mean for design and designers?

Read an article I just posted on Uzanto.com: Roller Coasters vs. Driver’s Seats: Design and the Concept of Situational Control

One thought on “What every designer should know about “situational control”

  1. great article. like the breadth of coverage.

    I will have to think about where on the spectrum of situational control I like to design.

    keep writing.

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