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Mental Models of Dark Patterns.

Morrison, B., Sengul, C., Springett, M., Taylor, J. and Renaud, K., 2021. Mental Models of Dark Patterns. Discussion Paper. SPRITE.

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In this paper, we report on the literature related to understanding young learners’ mental models related to deceptive “dark patterns” used by malicious agents online: so-called sludge. We also discuss elicitation of mental models, particularly when carrying out activities to reveal the mental models of young learners. In addition, we review the ethical considerations when carrying out research in this domain. Finally, we propose the design of an activity to implement the lessons we have learned to assess the sludge-related mental models of young learners.

Item Type:Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information:White paper - literature review This research was funded by a grant from SPRITE (
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:37008
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:31 May 2022 11:49
Last Modified:31 May 2022 11:49


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