Design Features Which Encourage Psychological Flow in Museum Visitors

January 1st, 1997 | RESEARCH

In this paper, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Denver Museum of Natural History (DMNH), and Colorado State University, present findings from two studies that established a link between certain design features commonly found in museum environments and the state of psychological flow. Study one observed visitor behavior in a museum hall at DMNH before and after renovation. The study found that after the design changes, visitors attended more to the exhibits. Study two, a post-hoc survey analysis, investigated which design features in particular are responsible for eliciting a high degree of sensory contact from visitors. Analyses revealed that interactive components, multisensory stimulation, and dynamic displays were important design features that influenced flow and immersion.

Document

VSA-a0a4g2-a_5730.pdf

Team Members

Mark Harvey, Author, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Margie Marino, Author, Denver Museum of Natural History
Ross Loomis, Author, Colorado State University

Citation

Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 1064-5578

Publication: Visitor Studies
Volume: 9
Number: 1
Page(s): 239

Tags

Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Geoscience and geography | Life science | Social science and psychology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Games | Simulations | Interactives | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Exhibits