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Evaluation of Websites for Older Adults: How “Senior-Friendly” Are They?

By Traci A. Hart Summary: Thirty-six websites designed for older adults were evaluated as to how well they complied to 25 “senior-friendly” guidelines recommended by the National Institute of Aging. Results indicate that a majority of the sites complied to

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Does Background Music Impact Computer Task Performance?

By Christine Phillips Summary: The effects of music on performance on a computer-mediated problem-solving task were examined. Participants completed the task in anonymous dyads as they were exposed to either Classical music, Punk music, or No Music. Results indicate that

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Examining First-Time Usage of the RollerMouse

By Michael Bohan, Jeremy Slocum, A. Dawn Shaikh, & Barbara Chaparro Intensive mouse use has been associated with increased risk of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (see Fagarasanu & Kumar, 2003 for a review). On this basis, alternative pointing devices (e.g.,

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Smooth or Textured: Does Mouse Pad Surface Impact Performance?

By Jeremy Slocum and Shelby Thompson Summary: This study examined the effects of mouse pad usage on performance of a target acquisition task. Results indicated no performance difference between three specialized mouse pads, a traditional mouse pad and no mouse

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Are You in Good Hands With Allstate?: A Comparison of Three Auto-Insurance Websites

By Ryan Baker & Candace Gilmore Purchasing insurance is a big decision. Comparing prices, finding the lowest rates, and deciding which company will provide the best service can all lead to frustration. Recently, several auto-insurance providers have begun advertising campaigns

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