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Reading Online Text: A Comparison of Four White Space Layouts

By Barbara Chaparro, J. Ryan Baker, A. Dawn Shaikh, Spring Hull, & Laurie Brady Summary: In this study, reading performance with four white space layouts was compared. Margins surrounding the text and leading (space between lines) were manipulated to generate

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The Effects of Contrast and Density on Visual Web Search

By Donnelle Weller Summary: This study evaluated the effects of white space on visual search time. Participants were required to search for a target word on a web page with different levels of white space, measured by level of text

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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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What’s the Skinny on Weight Loss Websites?

By A. Dawn Shaikh, J. Ryan Baker, & Mark C. Russell Summary: This study reports on the usability test of three weight loss websites. In addition, eye tracking patterns were observed for initial exposure to each site home page. Results

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A Comparison of Two Computer Fonts: Serif versus Ornate Sans Serif

Guest Contributor: Sarah Morrison and Jan Noyes, University of Bristol, UK Fonts are described in terms of their face, style, size and color. There are two main types, namely, serif and sans serif. Serif fonts have small appendages at the

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