Animated Cladograms: Interpreting Evolution from Diagrams

  • Camillia Matuk
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5223)


Misconceptions of evolution are well-documented and may be attributed to features of its diagrammatic representations. For example, embodied space, the tendency to structure experiences through narrative, and base perceptual processes interact in people’s interpretation of cladograms, a diagram used to reason about species’ evolutionary relationships. Clinical interviews with students indicate an effect of animation on the interpretation of the depicted narrative of evolution. Implications are in the design of diagrams for teaching evolution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Camillia Matuk
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  1. 1.Learning Sciences, School of Education and Social PolicyNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonU.S.A

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