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Related Disciplines

Alongside the disciplines that are usually considered part of "User Experience," the profession draws on approaches from many academic and professional disciplines, including:

  • Physiology/Anthropometry
  • Anthropology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Behavioral Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Psychology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Library Science
  • Film
  • Design
  • Art
  • Communications
  • Technical Communication
  • Business


There are many ways of illustrating the relationship between usability and related fields, for example:

  • The usability vectors< on the UPA web site illustrate that usability is one of a number of related disciplines with the common goal of a good user experience.
  • An early contribution to the Usability BoK, illustrating which disciplines contribute to which usability activities (Lisa Battle, 2004).

Graphic illustrating relationships between UX and the disciplines listed above



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