Beth Meyer

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In this study, we examined the effects of age and training on efficiency and preferences in a World Wide Web search activity. Older participants were able to complete most of the tasks, but took more steps to find the information than did younger adults. Factors in this inefficiency were patterns of returning to the home page and revisiting pages that had(More)
We assessed constraints on daily living of 59 healthy, active adults 65-88 years of age in focus group interviews. Individual comments about specific problems were coded along the dimensions of (a) the locus of the problem (motor, visual, auditory, cognitive, external, or health limitations); (b) the activity involved (e.g., transportation, leisure,(More)
Since the World Wide Web (WWW) is so popular and growing so quickly, users have almost an intinite number of sites to choose from. Bookmark features in web browsers allow users to easily record the sites that they would like to be able to view again, without having to repeatedly search through the WWW. However, bookmark lists for active web users can grow(More)
This panel will discuss the needs of older adults in making full use of computers and similar advanced technology. The panelists include representatives from both academic research and industrial organizations; all are experts in the impact of aging on the use of technology. Questions to be addressed by the panel include: What is the most important thing a(More)
The authors have been developing a prototype sys[em for installation in an operationat business environment. During the development, a number of issues have been encountered. These include: q constraints arising from placing prototypes in operational environments. lack of guidelines for selecting types of adaptation q difficulty determining adaptation(More)
Incidental task structure is consistent, potentially beneficial, information that is not necessary for successful task performance (i.e., is seemingly unrelated to the task). The authors investigated whether incidental task structure was differentially beneficial to younger and older adults. Across three experiments, 122 participants searched for targets(More)