Accession Number : ADA480109


Title :   The Use of Spatial Cognition in Graph Interpretation


Descriptive Note : Conference paper


Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC CENTER FOR APPLIED RESEARCH IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE


Personal Author(s) : Trickett, Susan B ; Trafton, J G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a480109.pdf


Report Date : Aug 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 7


Abstract : We conducted an experiment to investigate whether spatial processing is used in graph comprehension tasks. Using an interference paradigm, we demonstrate that a graph task interfered more with performance on a spatial memory task than on a visual non-spatial memory task. Reaction times showed there was no speed-accuracy tradeoff. We conclude that it was the spatial nature of the graph task that caused the additional interference in the spatial memory task. We propose that current theories of graph comprehension should be expanded to include a spatial processing component.


Descriptors :   *COGNITION , *GRAPHS , SYMPOSIA , STUDENTS , EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE