The effects of cognitive ageing on the use of complex interfaces

Gudur, Raghavendra R., Blackler, Alethea L., Mahar, Douglas P., & Popovic, Vesna (2010) The effects of cognitive ageing on the use of complex interfaces. In Proceedings of The 22nd Annual Conference on the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group : Design - Interaction - Participation, ACM & CHISIG, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland.

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This paper discusses an experiment investigating the effects of cognitive ageing and prior-experience with technology on using complex interfaces intuitively. Overall 37 participants, between the ages of 18 to 83, participated in this study. All participants were assessed for their cognitive abilities and prior-experience with technology. It was anticipated that the Central Executive function (a component of Working Memory) would emerge as one of the important cognitive functions in using complex interfaces. This was found to be the case with the strongest negative correlation occurring between sustained attention (one of the functions of the Central Executive), the time to complete the task and number of errors made by the participants.

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ID Code: 39177
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Prior Experience, Working Memory, Central Executive Function, Attention, Ageing, Complex Interfaces
ISBN: 9781450305020
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > Schools > School of Design
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 the Author(s) and CHISIG
Copyright Statement: Additional copies are available at the ACM Digital Library
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Deposited On: 13 Mar 2011 22:11
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:26

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