Mouse vs. Touch Screen as Input Device: Does it Influence Memory Retrieval?

Sylvain Sénécal, Pierre-Majorique Léger, Marc Fredette, Francois Courtemanche, Ann-Frances Cameron, Seyed Mohammad Mahdi Mirhoseini, Arnaud Paquet, René Riedl

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The main objective of this research is to investigate how input device type influences users' memory retrieval (i.e., stimulus recognition). We build upon prior research on the somatosensory (tactile) system to argue that the use of a direct input device (i.e., touch screen) involves a multisensory experience and more cerebral activities than an indirect input device (i.e., mouse), leading to richer information encoding, and consequently to better information retrieval from memory. A one-factor between-subject experimental design was used to test our hypotheses. Thirty participants were randomly assigned to either a mouse or touch screen input device condition. Our results indicate that for individuals with higher need for touch, input device influences activity in the posterior parietal cortex (PPC), a brain region associated with multisensory experience, during memory retrieval and stimulus recognition.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013)
Subtitle of host publicationReshaping Society Through Information Systems Design
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems (AIS)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781629934266
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event34th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) - Mailand, Italy
Duration: 15 Dec 201318 Dec 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013): Reshaping Society Through Information Systems Design


Conference34th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)


  • ERP
  • Input device
  • Memory
  • Need for touch
  • Recognition


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