Numbers can be worth a thousand pictures: individual differences in understanding graphical and numerical representations of health-related information.

@article{Gaissmaier2012NumbersCB,
  title={Numbers can be worth a thousand pictures: individual differences in understanding graphical and numerical representations of health-related information.},
  author={Wolfgang Gaissmaier and Odette Wegwarth and David Skopec and Ann-Sophie M{\"u}ller and Sebastian Broschinski and Mary C Politi},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  year={2012},
  volume={31 3},
  pages={286-96}
}
OBJECTIVE Informed medical decision making requires comprehending statistical information. We aimed to improve the understanding of conveying health-related statistical information with graphical representations compared with numerical representations. First, we investigated whether the iconicity of representations (i.e., their abstractness vs. concreteness) affected comprehension and recall of statistical information. Second, we investigated whether graph literacy helps to identify individuals… CONTINUE READING

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