Journal of Motivation, Emotion, and Personality

Reversal Theory Studies


Found in Translation: Bringing Reversal Theory to Design for Play

Authors: Mathieu A. Gielen, Lieselotte van Leeuwen Abstract: In the design of objects for children’s play, support from psychology is often sought in general developmental overviews, typologies of play, and age-related performance and preference descriptions. These sources may give an insight into global aspects of child development but have limited utility for understanding the situated motivations of an individual child. […]

Reversal Theory from a Design Perspective

Authors: Steven Fokkinga and Pieter Desmet Abstract: Designers increasingly make use of psychological theory to understand a product’s user and to support their design e fforts. This paper considers how insights from reversal theory have informed and inspired design research and practice. We identify two key benefits of reversal theory over other theories: it o ers a dynamic rather than static, and […]

Towards a Theory of Things: Reversal Theory and Design

Author: Michael J. Apter   Abstract: The aim of this paper is to initiate the development of a “theory of things.” This would be a theory of the psychological impact that objects of various kinds have on people, especially on their motivation and emotions, and would call on reversal theory for its foundations. On the applied side, it would be […]

Introduction to The Design Issue

Authors:  Steven Fokkinga, Pieter Desmet Abstract: This third issue of the Journal of Motivation, Emotion, and Personality: Reversal Theory Studies, is dedicated to design. At first glance, the links between a psychological theory and the practice of creating functional artifacts may not seem obvious. However, a closer consideration of the challenges that both fields address reveals a significant common interest. Design concerns […]

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