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Think Alouds

This week, we have finalized the basic look of the adolescent/young adult ( and the parent ( sites.  Prashanth, Mitalee, and Anvay from the Information Sciences program at Pitt have been scouring wordpress for the right plug-ins and trying them out on our practice site. We’ve had some wonderful young people and parents volunteer to give the first feedback on the two sites in a process called: “think aloud.” A “think aloud” is as simple as it sounds but sometimes hard for people to do since its not common to say all of your thoughts about completing a task out loud.

Would you be interested in completing a think aloud? 

This is basically an interview where we learn about whether we designed something well. We ask you to complete a task (like if we said to make a piece of toast and gave you a toaster). Then you describe everything you’re doing (I put the bread in the hole, I push the button down…) And then we audio and video record it and see if there is anything bad about the design (toaster) we can fix!
Here is a silly example:

If you are interested, please email Alex!

Starting Out


Hi everyone! Welcome to the first blog post on the sovaproject website. Our research team is going through some untreaded territory but we are very excited about where this new path will take us. Personally I’m most excited to be able to use this site and update you all on a regular basis with what our team is working on. Thanks to WordPress for being such an awesome user friendly content management system to use! I remember when creating my own website seemed like something I would never be able to learn. Now anyone can communicate and share important research like this! I am looking forward to the days to come and your future involvement!