Age differences in exploratory learning from a health information website

Jessie Chin, Wai-Tat Fu

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Abstract

An empirical study was conducted to investigate how older and younger users learned by performing exploratory search of health information using an interface that recommended relevant links based on browsing histories. While older and younger users gained both factual and structural knowledge about the health topics, significant age differences were observed. Our results showed that processing of recommended and regular Web links imposed distinct demands on cognitive abilities, which at least partially explained the observed age differences in the search process. The use of recommended links was positively associated with general knowledge, while the use of regular Web links was positively associated with processing capacity. Results also showed that the recommended links benefited both younger and older adults by broadening the exploration of information, which led to better learning. Implications on designs of health information interfaces that facilitate exploratory search and learning for different age groups were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings - The 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012
Pages3031-3040
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 24 2012
Event30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: May 5 2012May 10 2012

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Other

Other30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Period5/5/125/10/12

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Exploratory search
  • Knowledge structure
  • Learning
  • Recommended links

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Chin, J., & Fu, W-T. (2012). Age differences in exploratory learning from a health information website. In Conference Proceedings - The 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012 (pp. 3031-3040). (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1145/2207676.2208715