This study investigated the effects of the amount and coherency of distractor motion on search time using an icon based display set. Previous studies found search time improvements of motion when compared to static displays consisting of lines, simple shapes, or numbers. This study found that icons in motion are not more distracting than static icons. Additionally, search times were faster when all the distractor icons were moving, rather than only half. Search times were even faster during all distractor movement when their movement was coherent, rather than incoherent. Furthermore, targets located at the top were found faster than if they were at the bottom. The general conclusions are that utilizing some moving icons in interface design are not more distracting than when static icons are utilized, and target icons placed at the top of an interface display will likely be noticed faster than if they were at the bottom.
|Commitee:||Chiappe, Dan, Strybel, Thomas Z., Vu, Kim-Phuong L.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Coherency, Display design, Time and motion, Visual search|
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