EnGaze: Designing behavior visualizations with and for behavioral scientists

Ha Kyung Kong, John Lee, Jie Ding, Karrie Karahalios

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Abstract

Joint attention is widely recognized as an important developmental milestone for children, and experts consider a lack of joint attention a defining characteristic of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). While clinicians and researchers agree on the importance of joint attention, their definitions and methods for assessing joint attention vary. In this paper, we present the design process and the evaluation of EnGaze, a visualization-based Web tool for dyadic communicative behavior that highlights commonly discussed features of joint attention. While such visualization styles are not yet the norm in the clinical practices of behavioral and developmental psychology, we argue they should be and find that the introduction of these visual artifacts helped clinicians and researchers conceptualize their personal joint attention rules. Researchers envisioned a number of uses for EnGaze in their personal workflow, including identifying atypical communication patterns and providing a visual record for tracking behavior. The contributions of this paper are 1) an interactive visualization for exploring joint attention, 2) the documentation of an iterative design process for a clinical visualization tool, 3) illustrations of EnGaze use cases with active practitioners in the behavioral sciences, and (4) the discussions surrounding the implications of introducing such visualizations in behavioral science communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDIS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Subtitle of host publicationFuse
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1185-1196
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450340311
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 4 2016
Event11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2016 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: Jun 4 2016Jun 8 2016

Publication series

NameDIS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Fuse

Other

Other11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2016
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period6/4/166/8/16

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Behavioral imaging
  • Behavioral visualization
  • Dyadic interaction
  • Joint attention
  • Webtool design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Kong, H. K., Lee, J., Ding, J., & Karahalios, K. (2016). EnGaze: Designing behavior visualizations with and for behavioral scientists. In DIS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Fuse (pp. 1185-1196). (DIS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Fuse). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2901790.2901870