Weaving an affective framework for information behaviour research: a consideration of ‘trilogy of mind’ and ‘flow’

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Introduction. This paper contends that the notions of (1) trilogy of mind and (2) flow should be considered in weaving an affective framework for information behaviour research.
Method. This research proposal was informed by a review of the relevant research and introspection.
Analysis. The seminal research on trilogy of mind and flow is considered and the potential implications for an affective research framework are described.
Results. This paper shows that research on affect in the area of information research remains in its infancy and lacks quantum. A sufficiently broad research framework is needed to extend this subfield of research.
Conclusion. This paper proposes that two concepts (i.e., trilogy of mind and flow) be included in an affective research framework to expand information behaviour scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ISIC
Subtitle of host publicationThe Information Behaviour Conference, Krakow, Poland, 9-11 October, 2018
PublisherUniversity of Boras, Sweden
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
EventISIC: The Information Behaviour Conference 2018 - The Jagiellonian University , Krakow, Poland
Duration: 09 Oct 201811 Oct 2018


OtherThe ISIC conferences have a reputation for being an arena for discussing challenging work concerning people’s contextualised interactions with information of various kinds. Already the first conference 1996 in Tampere, Finland, constructed a platform for development within the field and community for researchers. The history of the ISIC conferences includes high quality papers, theoretical developments as well as a wide range of interesting empirical phenomena in all possible contexts.
The history of the ISIC conferences has reflected the multidisciplinary and ever-evolving scope: researchers from information science, information studies, library studies, communication studies, information management, education, management science, psychology, social psychology, sociology, STS, information systems, computer science, and other disciplines contribute to the research field. A common thread is the focus on contextualised information activities, expressed in different framings such as ‘information behaviour’, ‘information practice’, ‘information seeking’, ‘information experience’ and others.
ISIC 2018 intends to reflect and engage with the interdisciplinary character of information research and seeks to attract papers from all of these areas. ISIC is a conference for research papers exploring information as a rich site of study, going beyond the sole focus on technological aspects and exploring a wide variety of contexts. This legacy is borne out in the publication of the conference proceedings since the first conference in the series over 20 years ago.
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