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      An Empirical Study of Memory and Information Retrieval with a Spatial User Interface

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      21st Annual BCS-IRSG Colloquium on IR (IRSG)

      IR Research

      19-20 April 1999

      Visual information retrieval, memory, information visualisation, empirical study

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          The rapid advances in information retrieval, especially with visualisation-oriented user interface design, highlight the need for an understanding of the interplay between cognitive abilities of users and the design of visual user interfaces. In this study, we focus on two aspects of memory abilities of users in attempts to reveal their roles in facilitating information-seeking tasks. In particular, we study the relationships between associative memory and the use of a spatial user interface, and the relationship between visual memory and the same user interface. The design of the spatial user interface draws upon information visualisation techniques in order to highlight the strongest semantic relations in the search space. Two retrieval tasks were performed. While associative memory was strongly correlated with the first task, visual memory was negatively correlated with the second task. Both correlations were statistically significant. Implications for user interface design and suggestions for further empirical studies are also discussed.

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            Conference
            April 1999
            April 1999
            : 1-8
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            Department of Information Systems & Computing

            Brunel University

            Uxbridge UB8 3PH, UK

            Tel: +44 1895 203080

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            10.14236/ewic/IRSG1999.2
            © Chiladda Chennawasin et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. 21st Annual BCS-IRSG Colloquium on IR, Glasgow

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            21st Annual BCS-IRSG Colloquium on IR
            IRSG
            21
            Glasgow
            19-20 April 1999
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            IR Research
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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