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    A flexible interface design for web directories to accommodate different cognitive styles

    Chen, S.Y. and Magoulas, George and Dimakopoulos, Dionysios (2005) A flexible interface design for web directories to accommodate different cognitive styles. The Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 56 (1), pp. 70-83. ISSN 2330-1643.

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    Search engines are very popular tools for collecting information from distributed resources. They provide not only search facilities, but they also offer directories for users to browse content divided into groups. In this paper, we've adopted an individual differences approach to explore user's attitudes towards various interface features provided by existing Web directories. Among a variety of individual differences, cognitive style is a particularly important characteristic that influences the effectiveness of information seeking. Empirical results indicate that users' cognitive styles influence their reactions to the organization of subject categories, presentation of the results, and screen layout. We developed a set of design guidelines on the basis of these results, and propose a flexible interface that adopts these guidelines to accommodate the preferences of different cognitive style groups.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2021 12:46
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:51


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