Graphical Displays in Eco-Feedback: A Cognitive Approach

Rebecca Ford, Beth Karlin

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Psychological research indicates that the provision of feedback is a key element in reinforcing and/or changing behavior, and whilst results from empirical studies on eco-feedback are positive, variation in findings suggests that its effectiveness may depend on both what information is provided and how it is presented. The design of graphical displays is an important component, but past display research has been primarily qualitative and exploratory. This paper introduces and tests a cognitive model of visual information processing applied to eco-feedback to evaluate differences in interpretation and preference between images. Participants were shown images that varied by number of data points as well as display features and were asked to interpret the images and report on image usability. Findings support the cognitive model, suggesting that eco-feedback displays appear to be more successful when they: (1) contain fewer data points; (2) employ data chunking; and/or (3) include picture
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign, User Experience, and Usability. Web, Mobile, and Product Design
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings Second International Conference, DUXU 2013 Part IV
EditorsA. Marcus
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783642392535
ISBN (Print)9783642392528
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventDUXU: International Conference of Design, User Experience, and Usability 2013 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201326 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


ConferenceDUXU: International Conference of Design, User Experience, and Usability 2013
Abbreviated titleDUXU 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • eco-feedback
  • graphical display
  • information overload
  • psychology
  • user interface


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