Elisa Mekler

Elisa Mekler

Assistant professor
Assistant professor
CS

I'm an assistant professor in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at Aalto University, and director of the AERIS (Aesthetic Experience in Interactive Systems) group. Drawing from my background in psychology, I research motivational and emotional aspects of the User Experience and Games to establish a better understanding of what constitutes "good" interaction. In particular, my work investigates how interactive systems support aesthetic and meaningful user experiences that endure beyond interaction. Moreover, I'm interested in methodology and meta-science, especially with regards to the role of psychological theories in HCI.

I serve on the Aalto Artistic Activities Steering Group, and lead the Evaluation workgroup in the INDCOR EU COST action.

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Honors and awards

CHI Best Paper

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2019

CHI Honorable Mention

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2019

CHI PLAY Best Paper

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2018

CHI PLAY Honorable Mention

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2018

CHI Honorable Mention

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2017

CHI Best Paper

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2016

CHI Honorable Mention

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2016

CHI PLAY Best Paper

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2015

CHI PLAY Honorable Mention

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Computer Science Jan 2019

Research groups

  • Professorship Mekler E., Assistant Professor

Publications

Motivational Profiling of League of Legends Players

Florian Brühlmann, Philipp Baumgartner, Günter Wallner, Simone Kriglstein, Elisa Mekler 2020 Frontiers in Psychology

Self-Determination Theory in HCI Games Research: Current Uses and Open Questions

April Tyack, Elisa Mekler 2020 CHI 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

A framework for the experience of meaning in human-computer interaction

Elisa D. Mekler, Kasper Hornbæk 2019 CHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

The role of gaming during difficult life experiences

Ioanna Iacovides, Elisa D. Mekler 2019 CHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Exploring Emotional Attachment to Game Characters

Julia Ayumi Bopp, Livia J. Müller, Lena Aeschbach, Klaus Opwis, Elisa Mekler 2019 CHI PLAY '19 - Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play

"An odd kind of pleasure"

Julia Ayumi Bopp, Klaus Opwis, Elisa D. Mekler 2018 CHI 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Measuring the "why" of interaction

Florian Brühlmann, Beat Vollenwyder, Klaus Opwis, Elisa D. Mekler 2018 CHI 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Systematic review and validation of the game experience questionnaire (GEQ) – Implications for citation and reporting practice

Effie L.C. Law, Florian Brühlmann, Elisa D. Mekler 2018 CHI PLAY 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play

“A game that makes you question...” Exploring the role of reflection for the player experience

Elisa D. Mekler, Ioanna Iacovides, Julia Ayumi Bopp 2018 CHI PLAY 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play

Towards understanding the effects of individual gamification elements on intrinsic motivation and performance

Elisa D. Mekler, Florian Brühlmann, Alexandre N. Tuch, Klaus Opwis 2017 Computers in Human Behavior