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Tangible User Interfaces Compensate for Low Spatial Cognition

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5 Author(s)
John Quarles ; Dept. of CISE, University of Florida, email: ; Samsun Lampotang ; Ira Fischler ; Paul Fishwick
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This research investigates how interacting with tangible user interfaces (TUIs) affects spatial cognition. To study the impact of TUIs, a between subjects study was conducted (n=60) in which students learned about the operation of an anesthesia machine. A TUI was compared to two other interfaces commonly used in anesthesia education: (1) a Graphical User Interface (a 2D abstract simulation model of an anesthesia machine) and (2) a Physical User Interface (a real world anesthesia machine). Overall, the TUI was found to significantly compensate for low user spatial cognition in the domain of anesthesia machine training.

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3D User Interfaces, 2008. 3DUI 2008. IEEE Symposium on

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8-9 March 2008