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Visual metaphors to model metacognitive strategies that support memory during the process of refinding information

Bowler, L and Mattern, E (2012) Visual metaphors to model metacognitive strategies that support memory during the process of refinding information. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This paper reports on a study that models the metacognitive thinking of users in relation to memory and refinding information. Twenty-seven participants, in five separate groups ranging in age from 13 to early 30's, sketched visual metaphors representing strategies and interventions that the participants thought would remind them to remember before information was lost, in order to better relocate information. Nine themes emerged: embeddedness, fear and anxiety, interruptions, messiness and discomfort, locked doors and barriers, proximity and adjacency, signs and tattoos, scripts, and finally, the voice. This study started from the premise that design should begin with the user's metaphor as a way to describe the user's mind and ways of thinking and end with the designer mapping the metaphor to the artifact. The long term goal of this work is to move from ideation to implementation, using the users' metaphors of the mind as a basis for the design of information environments that scaffold metacognition during the search process. Copyright © 2012 ACM.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bowler, Llbowler@pitt.eduLBOWLER
Mattern, EEMM225@pitt.eduEMM2250000-0002-0421-0983
Date: 19 October 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: IIiX 2012 - Proceedings 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium: Behaviors, Interactions, Interfaces, Systems
Page Range: 250 - 253
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1145/2362724.2362767
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9781450312820
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2012 15:09
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2019 14:59


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