My research interests relate to human use of information technology (IT). I've been involved in some of the early studies on visual aesthetics of interactive technology. Other current research interests and projects:
- The concepts of usability and user experience (UX), their measures and implications for design.
- People's ability to use IT (e.g., cell-phones) while walking and driving.
- Designing and studying the effects of computerized interventions in reminiscence therapy for Alzheimer’s patients.
Publications in Journals
Tractinsky, N., Soffer-Ram, E., and Shinar, D. (2013) “To Call or Not to Call - that is the Question (While Driving),” Accident Analysis and Prevention, 56, 59–70. pdf
Korman-Golander, G., Tractinsky, N. and Kabessa Cohen I. (2012) “Trends in Website Design,” AIS Transactions on HCI, 4(3), pp. 169-189. pdf (AIS Transactions on HCI Best Paper Award, 2012 ; Association for Information Systems Best Publication Award, 2012 )
Porat, T. and Tractinsky, N. (2012) “It's a Pleasure Buying Here: The Effects of Web-Store Design on Consumers' Emotions and Attitudes,” Human-Computer Interaction 27(3), 235-276. pdf
Inbar, O. and Tractinsky, N. (2012) “Lowering the line of visibility: Incidental users in service encounters,” Behaviour & Information Technology, 31(1-3), 245-260. pdf
Tractinsky, N., Abdu, R., Forlizzi, J., Seder, T. (2011) “Towards Personalization of the Driver Environment: Investigating Responses to Instrument Cluster Design,” International Journal of Vehicle Design, 5(2,3,4), 208-236. pdf
Shapira, B., Shoval, P., Meyer, J. and Tractinsky, N. (2009) “ePaper - a Personalized Mobile Newspaper, ” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 60(11),2333-2346.
Sarne-Fleischmann, V. and Tractinsky, N. (2008) “Development and Evaluation of a Personalized Multimedia System for Reminiscence Therapy in Alzheimer’s Patients,” International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing, 1(1), 81-96.
Tractinsky, N. and Lowengart, O. (2007) "Towards a Conceptual Framework for the Study of Web-Store Aesthetics in E- Retailing: Some Theoretical Implications." Academy of Marketing Science Review, Vol. 11(1), 1-18. pdf
Ben-Bassat, T., Meyer, J., and Tractinsky, N. (2006) "Economic and Subjective Measures of the Perceived Value of Aesthetics and Usability," ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interactions (TOCHI), 13(2), 1-25.
Tractinsky, N., Cokhavi, A., Kirschenbaum, M. and Sharfi, T. (2006) "Evaluating the Consistency of Immediate Aesthetic Perceptions of Web Pages," International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 64(11), 1071-1083. pdf
Hassenzahl, M. and Tractinsky, N. (2006) "User Experience – A Research Agenda," Behaviour & Information Technology, 25 (2), 91-97. pdf
Shinar, D., Tractinsky, N., and Compton, R. (2005) "Effects of Practice, Age, and Task Demands on Interference from a Phone Task While Driving," Accident Analysis and Prevention, 37(2), 315-326.
Tractinsky, N. (2004) "A Few Notes on the Study of Beauty in HCI," Human-Computer Interaction, 19(4), 351-357.
Tractinsky, N. (2004) “Tools over solutions? Comments on Interacting with Computers' Special Issue on Affective Computing,” Interacting with Computers, 16, 751-757.
Lavie, T. and Tractinsky, N. (2004) “Assessing Dimensions of Perceived Visual Aesthetics of Web Sites,” International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 60(3):269-298.
Tractinsky, N. and Lowengart, O. (2003) “E-Retailers Competitive Intensity: A Positioning Mapping Analysis,” Journal of Targeting, Measurement & Analysis, 12(2), 114-136.
Lowengart, O. and Tractinsky, N. (2001) "Differential Effect of Product Category on Shoppers Selection of Web-based Store: Probablistic Modelling Approach," Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, 2(4): 12-26.
Tractinsky, N. and Meyer, J. (2001) "Task Structure and the Apparent Duration of Hierarchical Search," International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 55(5): 845-860.
Yermiahu, T., Arbelle, J.E., Shwartz, D., Levy, Y., Tractinsky, N., and Porath, A. (2001), "Quality Assessment of Oral Anticoagulant Treatment in the Beer-Sheba District," International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 13(3): 209-213.
Tractinsky, N. and Rao, V.S. (2001) "Social Dimensions of Internet Shopping: Theory-Based Arguments for Web-Store Design," Human Systems Management, 20: 105-121.
Tractinsky, N., Shoval-Katz A. and Ikar, D. (2000) "What is Beautiful is Usable," Interacting with Computers, 13(2): 127-145. pdf
Bar Eli, M. and Tractinsky, N. (2000) "Decisiveness of Game Situations and Athletes' Decision Behavior under Time Pressure in Basketball: A Crisis-Related Analysis," Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 1(1): 27-39.
Jarvenpaa, S.L., Tractinsky, N., Vitale, M. (2000) “Consumer Trust in an Internet Store,” Information Technology and Management, 1(1-2): 45-71.
Tractinsky, N. (2000) “A Theoretical Framework and Empirical Evaluation of the Effects of Translated User Interfaces on Users’ Performance and Preferences,” Behaviour and Information Technology, 19 (1): 1- 14.
Jarvenpaa, S.L. and Tractinsky, N. (1999) "Consumer Trust in an Internet Store: A Cross-Cultural Validation," Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 5(2), available online.
Tractinsky, N and Meyer, J. (1999) “Junkchart or Goldgraph? Effects of Presentation Objectives and Content Desirability on Information Presentation,” MIS Quarterly, 23(3): 397-420.
Tractinsky, N. and Jarvenpaa, S.L. (1995) "Determining the Information Systems Application Architecture in a Global vs. Domestic Context," MIS Quarterly, 19(4):507-534.
Vessey, I., Jarvenpaa, S.L. and Tractinsky, N. (1992): "Evaluation of Vendor Products: CASE Tools as Methodology Companion," Communications of the ACM, 35(4):90-105.
Rafaeli, S. and Tractinsky, N. (1991): "Time in Computerized Tests: A Multitrait, Multimethod Investigation of General-Knowledge and Mathematical Reasoning On-line Examination," Computers in Human Behavior, 7:215-225.
Rafaeli, S. and Tractinsky, N. (1989): "Computerized Tests and Time: Measuring, Limiting and Providing Visual Cues for Response Time in On-line Questioning," Behaviour and Information Technology, 8(5):335-351.
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Conferences and Workshops
Tractinsky, N., David, E. and Krupnik, A. (2013) Exploring the Aesthetic Effects of the Golden Ratio in the Design of Interactive Products. Proceedings of the Nineteenth Americas Conference on Information Systems, Chicago, Illinois, August 15-17, 2013.
Shani, G. and Tractinsky, N. Displaying Relevance Scores for Search Results. SIGIR '13: Proceedings of the 36th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, July 28 - August 01 2013, Dublin, Ireland.
Tractinsky, N. Replicating and Extending Research on Relations between Visual Aesthetics and Usability. The CHI2013 Workshop on the Replication of HCI Research (RepliCHI 2013), Paris, April 27-28, pp. 24-28.
Tractinsky, N., Inbar, O., Tsimhoni, O., Seder, T. “Slow down, you move too fast: Examining animation aesthetics to promote eco-driving.” 3rd International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI 2011) Salzburg, November 30th – December 2nd 2011.
Tractinsky, N. “Visual aesthetics in human-computer interaction: Justification and findings.” Proceedings of the 11th Danish Human-Computer Interaction Research Symposium, Copenhagen Business School, November 23, 2011, pp 2-10.
Sarne-Fleischmann, V., Tractinsky, N., Dwolatzky, Z., Rief, I. “Personalized reminiscence therapy for patients with Alzheimer’s disease using a computerized system.” PETRA'11, May 25 - 27, 2011, Crete, Greece.
Inbar, O., Tractinsky, N., "Make a Trip an Experience: Sharing In-Car Information with Passengers" CHI 2011 Extended Abstracts, CHI 2011, May 7–12, 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada, pp. 1243-1248.
Inbar, O., Tractinsky, N., Tsimhoni, O., Seder, T. "Driving the Scoreboard: Motivating Eco-Driving Through In-Car Gaming." Workshop on Gamification, May 8, 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Korman-Golander, G., Tractinsky, N. and Kabesa-Cohen, I. “Fashion/Trends in Web Design,” 5th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS) 2010.
Eytam. E. and Tractinsky, N. “The Paradox of Simplicity: Effects of User Interface Design on Perceptions and Preference of Interactive Systems.” 5th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS) 2010 Proceedings. Paper 30. http://aisel.aisnet.org/mcis2010/30.
Inbar, O. and Tractinsky, N. “Interface-to-face: Sharing Information with Customers in Service Encounters.” CHI 2010 Extended Abstracts, CHI 2010, April 10–15, 2010, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, pp. 3415-3420.
Tractinsky, N., Forlizzi, J., Abdu, R., Seder, T. “Evaluating Design Language for Vehicle Instrument Cluster,” Adjunct Proceedings of the First International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI 2009), Sep 21-22 2009, Essen, Germany, p.9.
Sarne-Fleischmann, V., Tractinsky, N. and Dwolatzky, T. “Computerized personal intervention of reminiscence therapy for Alzheimer’s patients,” Reminiscence Systems Workshop (RSW-2009), 5 September 2009, Cambridge, UK, pp.11-15.
Inbar, O. and Tractinsky, N. "Customers as Incidental Users of IT in Service Encounters," 2nd Workshop on HCI and Services, 1 Sept. 2009, Cambridge, UK.
Joost, G., Tractinsky, N., Buchmüller, S., and Englert, R. (2008) Emotional Response to the Audio-visual Pattern Language of Film. Proceedings of the 6th Design & Emotion Conference, Hong Kong, Oct 6-9, 2008.
Tractinsky, N. “Empirical Findings in Studies of Visual Aesthetics in Human-Computer Interaction.” XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany, 20-25 July 2008.
Inbar, O., Porat, T., Ben-Asher, N. and Tractinsky, N. “Stop the Press! Making a Smooth Transition to e-Ink.” IADIS International Conference, Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction 2008, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 25 - 27 July 2008, pp.141-148.
Inbar, O., Ben-Asher, N., Porat, T., Mimran, D. Shapira, B., Shoval, P., Meyer, J., and Tractinsky, N. “All the News That’s Fit to e-Ink.” CHI 2008 Conference Proceedings, Florence, April 5-10, 2008, pp.3621-3626.
Tractinsky, N. and Shinar, D. "Do We Bump into Things More while Talking on a Cell Phone?" CHI 2008 Conference Proceedings, Florence, April 5-10, 2008, pp. 2433-2422. pdf
Sarne-Fleischmann, V. and Tractinsky, N. “Developing and Evaluating a Personalized Multimedia System for Use in Reminiscence Therapy for Alzheimer Disease Patients.” 15th Industrial Engineering and Management Conference, Tel Aviv, March 2008 (in Hebrew).
Inbar, O., Tractinsky, N., Meyer, J., Shoval, P. and Shapira, B. “Considerations in the Design of Human-Computer Interface for a Mobile News Delivery Sevice.” 15th Industrial Engineering and Management Conference, Tel Aviv, March 2008 (in Hebrew).
Shapira, B. Shoval, P., Meyer, J. and Tractinsky, N. “ePaper - the Personalized Mobile Newspaper.” ReColl ’08 Workshop, January 13, 2008.
Heart, T., Pliskin, N., and Tractinsky, N., 2008, "Explaining Adoption of Remote Hosting: A Case Study", Accepted in December 2007 for publication in Proceedings of The Second Global Sourcing Workshop, Val D’Isere, France, March 10-13.
Inbar, O., Tractinsky, N., and Meyer, J. (2007) “Minimalism in Information Visualization – Attitudes towards Maximizing the Data-Ink Ratio.” European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, London, August 28-31, 2007, pp. 185-188.
Porat, T., Liss, R., and Tractinsky, N. (2007) “E-stores Design: The Influence of E-store Design and Product Type on Consumers' Emotions and Attitudes.” Proceedings of the 12th International Conference, HCI International 2007, Beijing, China, July 22-27, 2007, pp. 712-721.
Heart, T., Tractinsky, N., and Pliskin, N. (2007) The Effect of Technology, Organization, and Environment Related Factors on the Intention of Firms to Use Remote Application Hosting.” Proceedings of the 8th International Business Information Management Association Conference (IBIMA). Soliman, K.S., (Ed), pp. 24-32, Dublin, Ireland, June 20 - 22, 2007.
Sarne-Fleischmann, V. and Tractinsky, N. (2007) “Development and Evaluation of a Personalized Multimedia System for Reminiscence Therapy in Alzheimer’s Patients,” International Workshop on Pervasive Technologies for the Support of Alzheimer's Disease, February 24, 2007, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Porat, T. and Tractinsky, N. (2006) "The Effects of Perceived Web-store Characteristics on Consumers' Affective States and Attitudes towards the Store," Fifth Conference on Design&Emotion 2006, 27-29 September, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Tractinsky, N. (2005) "Does Aesthetics Matter in Human-Computer Interaction?" C.Stary (Hrsg.): Mensch & Computer 2005: Hunst und Wissenschaft – Grenzuberschreitungen de interaktiven ART. Munchen: Oldenbourg Verlag, pp. 29-42. (Proceedings of Mensch und Computer 2005, 4 – 7 September 2005, Johannes Kepler Universität, Linz.)
Tractinsky, N. (2004) "Towards the Study of Aesthetics in Information Technology," Proceedings of the 25th Annual International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Washington, DC, December 12-15, pp.771-780.
Tractinsky, N., Cokhavi, A., and Kirschenbaum, M. (2004) "Using Ratings and Response Latencies to Evaluate the Consistency of Immediate Aesthetic Perceptions of Web Pages," Proceedings of the Third Annual Workshop on HCI Research in MIS, Washington, D.C., December 10-11, 2004, pp. 40-44.
Heart, T., Pliskin, N., and. Tractinsky, N. (2004) "Modeling Intention to Use an Application Service Provider (ASP)", Proceedings of the American Conference of Information Systems (AMCIS), New York, NY, August 5-8, pp. 3534-3542.
Ben-Bassat, T., Meyer, J., and Tractinsky, N. (2004) "Using Monetary Incentives and Auctions to Elicit User Preferences between Usability and Aesthetics," Proceedings of CHI 04, Vienna, Austria, April 23-29, p. 1569.
Gefen, D., Rao, S.V., and Tractinsky, N. (2003) “The Conceptualization of Trust, Risk and Their Relationship in Electronic Commerce: The Need for Clarifications.” Proceedings of the 36th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (CD/ROM), Island of Hawaii, January 6-9, 2003, Computer Society Press, 2003.
Tractinsky, N. and Lavie, T. (2002) “Aesthetic and usability considerations in users’ choice of personal media players,” Proceedings Volume 2 of the 16th British HCI Conference, London, September, 2002, pp.70-73.
Shinar, D., Tractinsky, N., and Compton, R. (2002) “Effects of Practice with Auditory Distraction on Simulated Driving,” Transportation Research Board 2002 Annual Meeting, January 13-17, 2002, Washington, D.C.
Rao, V.S. and Tractinsky, N. “Individual Propensity to Trust and Individual Propensity to Risk in Consumer Shopping on the Internet,” Winter Conference of the Society of Consumer Psychology, Feb 2001, Scottsdale, AZ, pp. 128-129.
Tractinsky, N., Rafaeli, S. and Pliskin, N. (1998) "Lessons from Implementation of a Web Site for the Israeli Citizens’ Advice Bureau," Proceedings of the AIS 1998 Americas Conference, August 14-16, 1998, Baltimore, USA. pp. 101-103.
Tractinsky, N. (1997) “Aesthetics and Apparent Usability: Empirically Assessing Cultural and Methodological Issues,” CHI 97 Conference Proceedings, Atlanta, March 22-27, 1997), ACM, New York, pp. 115-122. pdf
Tractinsky, N. and Pliskin, N. (1994) "The Importance and Complexity of the Culture Concept in Systems Analysis," Proceedings of the 25th Conference of Information Systems Analysts in Israel, 90-100.
Jarvenpaa, S.L. and Tractinsky, N. (1992) "Information Technology Distribution Policy in a Global vs. Domestic Context" Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Dallas, TX., 271-272.
Busch, E.A., Jarvenpaa, S.L., Tractinsky N., and Glick, W.H. (1991): “External vs. Internal Perspectives in Determining a Firm's Progressive Use of Information Technology,” Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), New York, 239-251.
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Tractinsky, N. and Eytam, E. (2012) “Considering the Aesthetics of Ubiquitous Displays,” In: Kruger, A. and Kuflik, T. (eds.) Ubiquitous Display Environments, 89-104, Springer-Verlag.
Porat, T. and Tractinsky, N. (2008) “The Effects of Perceived Web-Store Design Characteristics on Consumers' Affective States and Attitudes towards the Store.” In: Desmet P.M.A., Karlsson M.A.K., van Erp J. (eds.): Design & Emotion Moves, 298-323, Cambridge Scholars Press.
Porat, T. and Tractinsky, N. (2008) “Affect as a Mediator between Web-Store Design and Consumers’ Attitudes towards the Store,” in Peter, C. and Beale, R. (eds.) Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Affect and Emotion in Human-Computer Interaction, 142-153. Springer-Verlag: Berlin/Heidelberg.
Tractinsky, N. (2006) “Aesthetics in Information Technology: Motivation and Future Research Directions,” in Zhang, P. and Galletta, D. (eds.) Human-Computer Interaction in Management Information Systems: Foundations, pp. 330-347. M. E. Sharpe, Inc.
Tractinsky, N. and Zmiri, D. (2006) "Exploring Attributes of Skins as Potential Antecedents of Emotion in HCI," in Fishwick, P. (ed.) Aesthetic Computing, pp. 405-421, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. pdf (final draft)
Jarvenpaa, S.L. and Tractinsky, N. (2002) “Consumer Trust in an Internet Store: A Cross-Cultural Validation,” in Steinfield, C. (Ed.) New Directions in Research on E-Commerce, pp. 33-63, Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Tractinsky, N. (2012) Visual Aesthetics. In: Soegaard, Mads and Dam, Rikke Friis (eds.). "The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction.” Aarhus, Denmark: The Interaction Design Foundation. Available online.
Inbar, O. and Tractinsky, N. (2009) “The Incidental User,” Interactions, 16(4) July-August 2009, 56-59.
Hassenzahl, M., Lindgaard, G., Platz, A., and Tractinsky, N. (2008). Visual aesthetics and the user experience. The Study of Visual Aesthetics in Human-Computer Interaction (Vol. 8292, pp. 1862-4405): Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings.
Tractinsky, N. & Hassenzahl, M. (2005) "Arguing for Aesthetics in Human-Computer Interaction." i-com Zeitschrift für interaktive und kooperative Medien, 2005, Vol. 04, Issue 03, pp. 66–68.
Shem-Shaul, N.B. et al. (2003) The aesthetic computing manifesto. Leonardo, 36(4), 255.
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