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How Are College Students Using E-Textbooks?

By J. Jardina, C. Gillett,  & B. Chaparro Summary: This study examines the advantages and disadvantages of available apps on various devices for reading e-Textbooks. Students completed a survey in which they stated which apps they used on which devices for

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First Impressions of Fitness-Tracking Devices: What Attributes Matter?

By A. Pfannenstiel & B. Chaparro Summary. This study investigated first impressions of the usability and functionality of 6 different fitness tracking devices. While many previous studies assess the accuracy and behavioral effects of fitness tracking devices, limited research has been done

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Looking Good? Eye Movement Patterns of Video Game Covers

By M. Phan, J. He, & B. Chaparro Summary. Studies have shown that first impressions of websites can lead to lasting opinions regarding usability and trustworthiness. However, little research has been conducted concerning first impressions of video games, specifically game box

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How do Users View Search Results Presented in a Grid Layout?

By C. Siu & B. Chaparro Summary. Previous research has shown that users scan traditional text-based Web pages using an “F-shaped” pattern. Evidence of this pattern exists because of the hierarchical structure of search engine result pages (SERP). In Windows 8, search

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e-Book Navigation on the iPad, Kindle, and Nook: Which is Better?

J. R. Jardina & B. Chaparro Summary. This study investigates the usability of three touch screen e-Readers (iPad, Kindle Fire, and Nook Tablet) for basic book navigation tasks. Participants (N = 16) were asked to complete a series of tasks

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