Wright, Patricia, Belt, S, Soroka, AJ, Pham, DT, Dimov, S, De Roure, David and Petrie, Helen
Cognitive support for older people from multimedia options.
In, The 6th International Conference of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG 08), Pisa, Italy,
International Society for Gerontechnology, .
If older users of multimedia displays could select among presentation options, would they choose display combinations that supported their performance? After three short touch-screen tasks which measured the perceptual and cognitive abilities of 50 older adults, they answered questions about a route on an online map that could be accompanied by written and/or spoken text. Half the participants saw animated routes; and they were less accurate answering questions than those who saw static routes but this did not affect people’s multimedia choices which, although diverse, were systematic. Spoken text was more often selected by people who had lower scores on the spatial working memory task, than by the older adults with higher scores. This suggests that older people with cognitive limitations recognise ways in which multimedia information can be supportive.
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