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human-computer interaction

a diverse scientific and applied field where the focus is on how people use computers and how computers can be designed to help people use them more effectively.

The subject is studied from a wide variety of perspectives from many diverse areas, including (among others): computer science, psychology, ergonomics, information sciences, graphic design, sociology.

Example HCI topics include: design tools, design methods, human information processing, collaborative work, information architecture, interaction techniques, and interaction devices.