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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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
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728169019
ISBN (Print)9781728169026
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventIEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing 2020 - Virtual, Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 10 Aug 202014 Aug 2020 (Proceedings) (Website)

Publication series

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


ConferenceIEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing 2020
Abbreviated titleVL/HCC 2020
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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