Choosing and reading online news: How available choice affects cognitive processing

Kevin Wise, Paul D. Bolls, Samantha R. Schaefer

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A within-subjects experiment explored how the number of online, hyperlinked stories available for individuals to choose from affects cognitive processing of a selected story. Participants chose and read unpleasant online news stories from a Web page containing either 5 or 15 headline/photo hyperlinks. Heart rate data indicated more cognitive resources were allocated to reading stories selected from the larger array of hyperlinks. This increased allocation of cognitive resources also led to more accurate story recognition. Results of this study provide insight into information processing of interactive, online news as well as limited suggestions for the design of news Web sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-85
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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