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Are you smart enough for your smart phone? A cognitive load comparison

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Abstract


  • The popularity of mobile devices, and particularly smart phones, has been driven by rapid developments in their

    power, capabilities and features. However, these developments create new and additional demands on users.

    Increased attention and more complex thought patterns are required to interact with such technology. Testing

    three popular smart phones, this research applies the principles of Cognitive Load Theory to evaluate the

    impact of varied operating systems and interaction modes on users’ cognitive load. NASA Task Load Index was used to measure participants’ perceptions of the cognitive load imposed by interaction with these mobile devices. While different operating systems were found to have a significant impact on cognitive load, interaction modes (sitting or walking) had little impact on users’ perceptions of cognitive demands of engagement. Mobile device application designers may conclude that field-based experiments are therefore avoidable, allowing development effort to be focused on improving other aspects of interaction.

Authors


  •   Alshehri, Fayez (external author)
  •   Freeman, Mark
  •   Freeman, Alison E. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Alshehri, F., Freeman, M. & Freeman, A. (2013). Are you smart enough for your smart phone? A cognitive load comparison. 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (pp. 1-11). Australia: RMIT Universtiy.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3363&context=eispapers

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  • 11

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Abstract


  • The popularity of mobile devices, and particularly smart phones, has been driven by rapid developments in their

    power, capabilities and features. However, these developments create new and additional demands on users.

    Increased attention and more complex thought patterns are required to interact with such technology. Testing

    three popular smart phones, this research applies the principles of Cognitive Load Theory to evaluate the

    impact of varied operating systems and interaction modes on users’ cognitive load. NASA Task Load Index was used to measure participants’ perceptions of the cognitive load imposed by interaction with these mobile devices. While different operating systems were found to have a significant impact on cognitive load, interaction modes (sitting or walking) had little impact on users’ perceptions of cognitive demands of engagement. Mobile device application designers may conclude that field-based experiments are therefore avoidable, allowing development effort to be focused on improving other aspects of interaction.

Authors


  •   Alshehri, Fayez (external author)
  •   Freeman, Mark
  •   Freeman, Alison E. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Alshehri, F., Freeman, M. & Freeman, A. (2013). Are you smart enough for your smart phone? A cognitive load comparison. 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (pp. 1-11). Australia: RMIT Universtiy.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3363&context=eispapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/2354

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 11

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse/RMIT%20Events%2FMajor%20events%2FACIS%202013%2FProgram/