Need For Cognition Influences User Behavior And Attitudes On An Information-Seeking Task

Abstract

We examine the role of Need for Cognition (a measure of an individual’s tendency to engage in and enjoy effortful cognitive tasks) as an explanatory variable in task-based human-computer interaction. Evidence from an experiment (using an information-seeking task) shows that NFC can influence important aspects of system usability and user responses to interactive systems. Both affective (attitude toward the website, credibility, perceived speed, perceived ease of information location) and cognitive (informationseeking time, navigational moves) effects were observed. Implications for system design and suggestions for future empirical research are discussed.

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@inproceedings{Crystal2004NeedFC, title={Need For Cognition Influences User Behavior And Attitudes On An Information-Seeking Task}, author={Abe Crystal and Sriram Kalyanaraman}, year={2004} }