I came across an interesting article from the Focus Labs blog: http://focuslabllc.com/blog/the-ui-ux-endorphin-theory.
I always enjoy articles that focus on the psychology of user-centered design, because they always challenge me to reflect on my own design practices. In the article, Sam Stratton talks about the emotional component of interactions being a catalyst to desire to produce things of value. To me, this seems to ring true with what I know of interaction design. There is a strong internal desire you’re tapping into: the need to feel wanted, and investing time into producing something valuable ideally gives a strong positive feedback: the approval of your peers.
I’d like to hear your thoughts. Is a positive feedback mechanism for an emotionally-based interaction something that requires a response from a person to provide appropriate closure, can the interface giving the equivalent of a “Great job!” be sufficient, or is there still another way to keep the feedback loop going strong?