The impact of interface affordances on human ideation, problem solving, and inferential reasoning

@article{Oviatt2012TheIO,
  title={The impact of interface affordances on human ideation, problem solving, and inferential reasoning},
  author={Sharon L. Oviatt and Adrienne Cohen and Andrea Miller and Kumi Hodge and Ariana Mann},
  journal={ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Interact.},
  year={2012},
  volume={19},
  pages={22:1-22:30}
}
This article presents two studies investigating how computer interface affordances influence basic cognition, including ideational fluency, problem solving, and inferential reasoning. In one study comparing interfaces with different input capabilities, students expressed 56% more nonlinguistic representations (diagrams, symbols, numbers) when using pen interfaces. A linear regression confirmed that nonlinguistic communication directly mediated a substantial increase (38.5%) in students' ability… CONTINUE READING
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