Most discussions about research in human-computer interaction (HCI) focus on research methods and skills, on the question of how research should be conducted (e.g., ). Research tools and methods, however, are only passive instruments in the hands of motivated researchers. But what exactly motivates and drives HCI researchers? Here I address this question, arguing that we need to be more thoughtful about our research motivation, not just our research skills. Research skills can help us to do the research properly, but research motivation is the main force behind all of our research efforts. To support this discussion, and inspired…
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