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Diversity in product familiarity across younger and older adults

Lawry, Simon, Popovic, Vesna, & Blackler, Alethea L. (2011) Diversity in product familiarity across younger and older adults. In Diversity & Unity, 4th World Conference on Design Research, IASDR2011, Delft, The Netherlands.

Abstract

This paper reports on the findings of a completed experiment examining levels of familiarity in younger and older adults. Research has shown that older adults use products less intuitively than younger adults, and that familiarity is an essential element of intuitive interaction. This finding influenced the decision to focus on familiarity and to investigate why older adults use products less intuitively than younger adults. By identifying and understanding the differences in familiarity, it is hypothesised that designers will be able to design more usable products for older adults. An empirical study was conducted, investigating the differences in familiarity between younger and older adults with contemporary products. Younger adults demonstrate significantly higher levels of familiarity compared to older adults, and the three groups of older adults demonstrated no significant differences between them. The implications of this finding is discussed.

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ID Code: 45959
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Familiarity , Intuitive Interaction, Older Adults, Prior Knowledge, Prior Experience
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Industrial Design (120305)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 14 Sep 2011 08:01
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2011 11:29

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