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Fifty years of the Psychology of Programming

Blackwell, Alan F.; Petre, Marian and Church, Luke (2019). Fifty years of the Psychology of Programming. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 131 pp. 52–63.

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Abstract

This paper reflects on the evolution (past, present and future) of the ‘psychology of programming' over the 50 year period of this anniversary issue. The International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS) has been a key venue for much seminal work in this field, including its first foundations, and we review the changing research concerns seen in publications over these five decades. We relate this thematic evolution to research taking place over the same period within more specialist communities, especially the Psychology of Programming Interest Group (PPIG), the Empirical Studies of Programming series (ESP), and the ongoing community in Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC). Many other communities have interacted with psychology of programming, both influenced by research published within the specialist groups, and in turn influencing research priorities. We end with an overview of the core theories that have been developed over this period, as an introductory resource for new researchers, and also with the authors’ own analysis of key priorities for future research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 1071-5819
Keywords: Psychology of programming; Programming languages; Attention investment
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 62027
Depositing User: ORO Import
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 15:52
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2019 16:02
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/62027
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