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Human Factors in Visualization Research
January-February 2004 (vol. 10 no. 1)
pp. 72-84

Abstract—Visualization can provide valuable assistance for data analysis and decision making tasks. However, how people perceive and interact with a visualization tool can strongly influence their understanding of the data as well as the system's usefulness. Human factors therefore contribute significantly to the visualization process and should play an important role in the design and evaluation of visualization tools. Several research initiatives have begun to explore human factors in visualization, particularly in perception-based design. Nonetheless, visualization work involving human factors is in its infancy, and many potentially promising areas have yet to be explored. Therefore, this paper aims to 1) review known methodology for doing human factors research, with specific emphasis on visualization, 2) review current human factors research in visualization to provide a basis for future investigation, and 3) identify promising areas for future research.

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Index Terms:
Human factors, visualization, perception, cognitive support, methodology.
Citation:
Melanie Tory, Torsten M?ller, "Human Factors in Visualization Research," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 72-84, Jan.-Feb. 2004, doi:10.1109/TVCG.2004.1260759
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