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The Craft of Information Visualization by Ben Shneiderman, Benjamin B. Bederson

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Does Animation Help Users Build Mental Maps of Spatial Information?

Benjamin B. Bederson,     Computer Science Department, Human-Computer Interaction Lab, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. E-mail address: bederson@cs.umd.edu

Angela Boltman,     College of Education, Human-Computer Interaction Lab, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. E-mail address: aboltman@umiacs.umd.edu

Abstract

We examine how animating a viewpoint change in a spatial information system affects a user’s ability to build a mental map of the information in the space. We found that animation improves users’ ability to reconstruct the information space, with no penalty ...

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