Javier A. Bargas-Avila

Javier Bargas-Avila holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology. Before joining Google he was the manager of the HCI lab at the University of Basel (Switzerland) from 2004 to 2011. He published over 20 peer reviewed papers in HCI journals and conferences covering topics such as user satisfaction, mental models in website perception, first visual impression of websites or webform usability. Since 2011 he is part of the YouTube UX research team, where he currently focuses on internationalization, monetization and analytics.

Google Publications

Previous Publications


    Location matters, especially for non-salient features – An eye-tracking study on the effects of web object placement on different types of websites

    Sandra P. Roth, Alexandre N. Tuch, Elisa E.D. Mekler, Javier A. Bargas-Avila, Klaus Opwis

    International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, vol. 71 (2013), pp. 228-235


    Is beautiful really usable? Toward understanding the relation between usability, aesthetics, and affect in HCI

    Alexandre N. Tuch, Sandra P. Roth, Kasper Hornbæk, Klaus Opwis, Javier Bargas-Avila

    Computers in Human Behavior (2012)