The effects of cognitive ageing on use of complex interfaces

Raghavendra Gudur, Alethea Blackler, Doug Mahar, Vesna Popovic

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This paper discusses an experiment investigating the effects of cognitive ageing and prior-experience with technology on using complex interfaces intuitively. Overall 37 participants, between the ages of 18 to 83, participated in this study. All participants were assessed for their cognitive abilities and prior-experience with technology. It was anticipated that the Central Executive function (a component of Working Memory) would emerge as one of the important cognitive functions in using complex interfaces. This was found to be the case with the strongest negative correlation occurring between sustained attention (one of the functions of the Central Executive), the time to complete the task and number of errors made by the participants.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd conference of the computer-human interaction special interest group (CHISIG)
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450305020
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event22nd Conference of Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG) - Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia
Duration: 22 Nov 201026 Nov 2010


Conference22nd Conference of Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG)


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