In a recent Interactions article, "The Big Hole in HCI Research,"  Vassilis Kostakos argued that HCI lacks persistent "motor themes," based on a co-word analysis  of keywords sections from the past 20 years of CHI papers . HCI as a discipline, it is argued, "simply roll[s] from topic to topic, year after year, without developing any of them substantially." In this analysis, motor themes—based on clusters of recurring keywords over time—are described as a critical feature of healthy disciplines. Motor themes represent commonly addressed topics that constitute the research mainstream and therefore are essential to creating a…
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