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Understanding Visualization by Understanding Individual Users
Nov.-Dec. 2012 (vol. 32 no. 6)
pp. 88-94
Caroline Ziemkiewicz, Brown University
Alvitta Ottley, Tufts University
R. Jordan Crouser, Tufts University
Krysta Chauncey, Tufts University
Sara L. Su, Google
Remco Chang, Tufts University
Visualization is often seen as a tool to support complex thinking. Although different people can have very different ways of approaching the kind of complex task that visualizations support, as researchers and designers we still rarely consider individual differences in creating and evaluating visualizations. This article reviews recent research on individual differences in visualization and human-computer interaction, showing that both cognitive abilities and personality profiles might significantly affect performance with these tools. The study of individual differences has led to the conclusion that advances in this important area in visualization will require more focused research. Specifically, we must isolate the cognitive factors that are relevant to visualization and the design factors that make one visualization more suited to a user than another. In doing so, we could increase our understanding of the visualization user and reshape how we approach design and evaluation.
Index Terms:
computer graphics,information visualization,visual analytics,individual differences,personality,cognitive science
Citation:
Caroline Ziemkiewicz, Alvitta Ottley, R. Jordan Crouser, Krysta Chauncey, Sara L. Su, Remco Chang, "Understanding Visualization by Understanding Individual Users," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 88-94, Nov.-Dec. 2012, doi:10.1109/MCG.2012.120
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