What makes icons appealing? The role of processing fluency in predicting icon appeal in different task contexts.

McDougall, S., Reppa, I., Kulik, J. and Taylor, A., 2016. What makes icons appealing? The role of processing fluency in predicting icon appeal in different task contexts. Applied Ergonomics, 55, 156 - 172.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.02.006

Abstract

Although icons appear on almost all interfaces, there is a paucity of research examining the determinants of icon appeal. The experiments reported here examined the icon characteristics determining appeal and the extent to which processing fluency - the subjective ease with which individuals process information - was used as a heuristic to guide appeal evaluations. Participants searched for, and identified, icons in displays. The initial appeal of icons was held constant while ease of processing was manipulated by systematically varying the complexity and familiarity of the icons presented and the type of task participants were asked to carry out. Processing fluency reliably influenced users' appeal ratings and appeared to be based on users' unconscious awareness of the ease with which they carried out experimental tasks.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0003-6870
Uncontrolled Keywords:Aesthetics ; Appeal ; Icons ; Processing fluency ; User experience
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:23310
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:21 Mar 2016 16:31
Last Modified:20 Apr 2016 13:06

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