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Biophilia and biophobia in website design: Improving internet information dissemination

Riaz, Amir; Gregor, Shirley; Lin, Aleck

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The Internet is increasingly a source of information for populations around the world, and thus theorizing that website design, which leads to enhanced recall of web-based information, has important theoretical and practical implications. On the basis of evolutionary psychology, biophilia and biophobia theories show how humans developed emotional responses to aspects of their natural environments so as to enhance survival by triggering approach or avoidance behaviors. Enhanced memory for...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorRiaz, Amir
dc.contributor.authorGregor, Shirley
dc.contributor.authorLin, Aleck
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-09T06:07:48Z
dc.identifier.issn0378-7206
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/164504
dc.description.abstractThe Internet is increasingly a source of information for populations around the world, and thus theorizing that website design, which leads to enhanced recall of web-based information, has important theoretical and practical implications. On the basis of evolutionary psychology, biophilia and biophobia theories show how humans developed emotional responses to aspects of their natural environments so as to enhance survival by triggering approach or avoidance behaviors. Enhanced memory for biophobic elements such as predators and biophilic elements such as food would be further fitness enhancing. This study aimed to show how website design based on biophilia and biophobia theories can elicit emotions and improve recall of web-based information. An experiment was performed with simulated national park websites that contained images designed to elicit emotional responses. The emotional responses (e.g., valence and arousal) were associated with increased recall of information presented on the websites. The study contributes by showing that biophilia theory and biophobic theory can guide website design research and improve information recall.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.rights© 2017 Elsevier B.V
dc.sourceInformation and Management
dc.titleBiophilia and biophobia in website design: Improving internet information dissemination
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume55
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor080602 - Computer-Human Interaction
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB7343
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.elsevier.com/en-au
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationRiaz, Amir, College of Business and Economics, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationGregor, Shirley, College of Business and Economics, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationLin, Aleck, National Dong Hwa University
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage199
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage214
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.im.2017.05.006
dc.date.updated2019-03-31T07:18:09Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85021200574
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