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EPSRC Reference: EP/T02173X/1
Title: Overseas Travel to Olso and Melbourne
Principal Investigator: MacFarlane, Dr A
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Department: Centre for HCI Design
Organisation: City, University of London
Scheme: Overseas Travel Grants (OTGS)
Starts: 01 March 2020 Ends: 28 February 2021 Value (£): 11,928
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Human-Computer Interactions Vision & Senses - ICT appl.
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Healthcare
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Dyslexia is a widespread cognitive specific learning difficulty (SpLD), effecting around 10% of the UK population. Searching is a widespread, almost ubiquitous activity which users with dyslexia will undertake on a daily basis. In the past decade, work done in the centre for HCID design has begun to tackle the issue i.e. to understand the impact of dyslexia on users search behaviour. An initial pilot study carried out by HCID examined the general pattern of behaviour, but subsequent work with George Buchanan of the University of Melbourne established the impact of short-term or working memory on browsing results lists and documents. It was found that dyslexic users where judging fewer documents than control users as being irrelevant and there was a strong correlation between this and users short-term memory. This was confirmed by using eye tracking data that showed that dyslexic users did much more backtracking on pages (more up and down eye movements), providing evident that users were forgetting information and having to re-read text. We propose to arrange visits to academics in Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway and the University in Melbourne Australia to build expertise for an EPSRC proposal under development.
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