Understanding the role of age and fluid intelligence in information search

Shari Trewin, John T. Richards, Vicki L. Hanson, David Sloan, Bonnie E. John, Cal Swart, John C. Thomas

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    Abstract

    In this study, we explore the role of age and fluid intelligence on the behavior of people looking for information in a real-world search space. Analyses of mouse moves, clicks, and eye movements provide a window into possible differences in both task strategy and performance, and allow us to begin to separate the influence of age from the correlated but isolable influence of cognitive ability. We found little evidence of differences in strategy between younger and older participants matched on fluid intelligence. Both performance and strategy differences were found between older participants having higher versus lower fluid intelligence, however, suggesting that cognitive factors, rather than age per se, exert the dominant influence. This underscores the importance of measuring and controlling for cognitive abilities in studies involving older adults.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationASSETS '12
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 14th International ACM SIGACCESS conference on computers and accessibility
    EditorsMatt Huenerfauth, Sri Kurniawan
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Pages119-126
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9781450313216
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event14th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility - Millenium Harvest House Hotel, Boulder, Colorado, United States
    Duration: 22 Oct 201224 Oct 2012
    http://assets12.sigaccess.org/index.html

    Conference

    Conference14th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
    Abbreviated titleASSETS 2012
    CountryUnited States
    CityBoulder, Colorado
    Period22/10/1224/10/12
    Internet address

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