The effect of narration on user comprehension and recall of information visualisations

Humphrey O. Obie, Caslon Chua, Iman Avazpour, Mohamed Abdelrazek, John Grundy, Tomasz Bednarz

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Abstract

Information visualisation researchers have posited that author-driven narratives will allow information to be conveyed efficiently and argue for the adoption of storytelling techniques in information visualisation. However, there is limited work describing the effects of author-driven narratives in users' comprehension and memorability of visualisations in relation to interactive visualisations. Recommendations for author-driven visualisation stories are largely based on anecdotal reports or research from the arts, and not on studies in information visualisation. To investigate these issues, we carried out a study that compared purely author-driven narratives with interactive visualisations devoid of author narratives, in terms of comprehension and short-term and long-term memorability. We found that the presence of narration in author-driven stories significantly aided the understanding of information but had no significant effect on the long-term recall of information from visualisations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC), VL/HCC 2020
EditorsMichael Homer, Felienne Hermans, Steven Tanimoto, Craig Anslow
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages238-241
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728169019
ISBN (Print)9781728169026
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventIEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing 2020 - Virtual, Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 10 Aug 202014 Aug 2020
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/9124617/proceeding (Proceedings)
https://conf.researchr.org/home/vlhcc2020 (Website)

Publication series

NameProceedings of IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Volume2020-August
ISSN (Print)1943-6092
ISSN (Electronic)1943-6106

Conference

ConferenceIEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing 2020
Abbreviated titleVL/HCC 2020
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityDunedin
Period10/08/2014/08/20
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