The Effect of Visual Distractors in Peripheral Vision on User Performance in Large Display Wall Systems

Anton Sigitov, Ernst Kruijff, Christina Trepkowski, Oliver Staadt, André Hinkenjann
2016 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ACM ISS 2016) - 2016

Abstract

Supported by their large size and high resolution, display walls suit well for different collaboration types. However, in order to foster instead of impede collaboration processes, interaction techniques need to be carefully designed, taking into regard the possibilities and limitations of the display size, and their effects on human perception and performance. In this paper we investigate the impact of visual distractors (which, for instance, might be caused by other collaborators' input) in peripheral vision on short-term memory and attention. The distractors occur frequently when multiple users collaborate in large wall display systems and may draw attention away from the main task, as such potentially affecting performance and cognitive load. Yet, the effect of these distractors is hardly understood. Gaining a better understanding thus may provide valuable input for designing more effective user interfaces. In this article, we report on two interrelated studies that investigated the effect of distractors. Depending on when the distractor is inserted in the task performance sequence, as well as the location of the distractor, user performance can be disturbed: we will show that distractors may not affect short term memory, but do have an effect on attention. We will closely look into the effects, and identify future directions to design more effective interfaces.

BibTex references

@InProceedings{SKTSH16,
  author       = {Sigitov, Anton and Kruijff, Ernst and Trepkowski, Christina and Staadt, Oliver and Hinkenjann, Andr{\'e}},
  title        = {The Effect of Visual Distractors in Peripheral Vision on User Performance in Large Display Wall Systems},
  booktitle    = {2016 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ACM ISS 2016)},
  series       = {ACM ISS},
  year         = {2016},
}

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