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Assessing the Viability of Online Interruption Studies

Gould, SJJ; Cox, AL; Brumby, DP; Wiseman, S; (2013) Assessing the Viability of Online Interruption Studies. In: Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Human Computation & Crowdsourcing Works-in-Progress. The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI): Palo Alto, California. Gold open access


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Researchers have been collecting data online since the early days of the Internet and as technology improves, increasing numbers of traditional experiments are being run online. However, there are still questions about the kinds of experiments that work online, particularly over experiments with time-sensitive performance measures. We are interested in one time-sensitive measure specifically, the time taken to resume a task following an interruption. We ran participants through an archetypal interruption study online and in the lab. Statistical comparisons showed no significant differences in the time it took to resume following an interruption. However, there were issues with data quality that stemmed from participant confusion about the task. Our findings have implications for experiments that assess time-sensitive performance measures in tasks that require continuous attention.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Assessing the Viability of Online Interruption Studies
Event: Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP-13)
Location: Palm Springs, CA, USA
Dates: November 7–9, 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1-57735-607-3
Open access status: An open access publication
Publisher version: http://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/HCOMP/HCOMP13
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Authors.
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1408683
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