Does (multi-)touch aid users' spatial memory and navigation in 'panning' and in 'zooming & panning' UIs?

Hans-Christian Jetter, Svenja Leifert, Jens Gerken, Sören Schubert, Harald Reiterer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingsConference contributionpeer-review

29 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Recent findings from Embodied Cognition reveal strong effects of arm and hand movement on spatial memory. This suggests that input devices may have a far greater influence on users' cognition and users' ability to master a system than we typically believe - especially for spatial panning or zooming & panning user interfaces. We conducted two experiments to observe whether multi-touch instead of mouse input improves users' spatial memory and navigation performance for such UIs. We observed increased performances for panning UIs but not for zooming & panning UIs. We present our results, provide initial explanations and discuss opportunities and pitfalls for interaction designers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, AVI 2012
PublisherACM Press
Pages83-90
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781450312875
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces - Capri, Italy
Duration: 22 May 201226 May 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Workshop on Advanced Visual Interfaces AVI

Conference

ConferenceInternational Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityCapri
Period22.05.201226.05.2012

Keywords

  • embodied cognition
  • multi-touch
  • navigation
  • panning
  • spatial memory
  • touch
  • user study
  • zooming
  • ZUI

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Does (multi-)touch aid users' spatial memory and navigation in 'panning' and in 'zooming & panning' UIs?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this