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Trick or Tweet: How Usable is Twitter for First-Time Users?

Justin W. Owens, Kelsi Lenz, and Stephanie Speagle Summary. Social networking websites have become common tools people use for communication and sharing media such as photos. Currently, one of the most popular social networking websites is Twitter. A usability study

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Examining the Critical User Interface Components of First-Person Shooter (FPS) Games

Lenz, K. & Fox, D. Summary. First-person shooter (FPS) video games have become the 3rd highest selling genre of video game in the entertainment software industry. One important component of a FPS is the interface that provides feedback on a

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The Effect of Input Device on Video Game Performance

by Kelsi Lenz Summary. First-person shooter (FPS) games have become increasingly popular, and the player’s ability to accurately control their weapon is very important in these games. This study assesses players’ accuracy on eliminating targets in the FPS game Star

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Eye Gaze Patterns while Searching vs. Browsing a Website

By S. Shrestha & K. Lenz Summary: This article discusses users’ visual scan paths of web pages containing text and/or pictures while conducting browsing and searching tasks. User performance on three usability tasks on an e-commerce website is described. Results

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Where’s the Search? Re-examining User Expectations of Web Objects

By A. D. Shaikh & K. Lenz Summary. In 2001, Bernard determined that users were able to form a schema for the location of web objects on informational websites. The current study investigates whether users’ expectations have changed since the

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