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Comprehension of Graphics - W. Schnotz

Comprehension of Graphics

By: W. Schnotz (Editor), R. W. Kulhavy (Editor)


Published: 1st August 1994
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Graphic displays such as charts, graphs, diagrams, and maps play in important role today in the design and presentation of instructional materials education. There is also a strong need in scientific, technical and administrative fields to visually present facts, laws, principles etc. The increasing use of computer-based learning environments has also become an important field where the visual presentation of information plays a central role. Despite the importance of graphical displays as a means of communication and the fact that research about learning and cognition has advanced rapidly in the past two decades, the comprehension of graphics is still a rather unexplored area.

The comprehension of graphics is not only a stimulating topic in the fields of science and instructional psychology, but also in related disciplines such as semiotics, and artificial intelligence. Research on the comprehension of graphics complements the scientific investigation of cognitive processes in text comprehension, which has contributed much to our understanding of human cognition and learning. Ultimately, a better understanding of the cognitive processes involved in the comprehension of graphics will have an impact not only on cognitive theory, but also on educational practice.

1. Contributions of Perceptual and Cognitive Processes to the Comprehension of Graphics / W. Winn -- 2. Codes of Instructional Pictures / B. Weidenmann -- 3. Spatial Metaphors and Logical Pictures / A. Fenk -- 4. Comprehending and Using Maps: Are there Two Modes of Map Processing? / J. R. Kirby -- 5. Identifying and Simulating Cognitive Strategies for the Description of Spatial Networks / M. Denis, F. Robin, M. Zock and A. Laroui -- 6. Representation and Processing of the Spatial Layout of Objects with Verbal and Nonverbal Input / H. D. Zimmer -- 7. Size in Picture and Text / J. Engelkamp and G. Mohr -- 8. Visual Aids to Knowledge Construction: Building Mental Representations from Pictures and Words / R. E. Mayer -- 9. Illustrations, Mental Models, and Comprehension of Instructional Text / V. Gyselinck and H. Tardieu -- 10. Reference Maps as a Framework for Remembering Text / R. W. Kulhavy, W. A. Stock and L. C. Caterino.

ISBN: 9780080867625
ISBN-10: 0080867626
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 1st August 1994
Publisher: Elsevier Science