Increasing Accuracy by Decreasing Presentation Quality in Transcription Tasks

  • Frank Soboczenski
  • Paul Cairns
  • Anna L. Cox
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-40480-1_25

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8118)
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Soboczenski F., Cairns P., Cox A.L. (2013) Increasing Accuracy by Decreasing Presentation Quality in Transcription Tasks. In: Kotzé P., Marsden G., Lindgaard G., Wesson J., Winckler M. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013. INTERACT 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8118. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Many tasks with interfaces require entering data accurately, for example, entering patient data in an electronic records system or programming infusion pumps. However, human error is inevitable. Paradoxically, results from cognitive psychology suggest that representing information in a poorer quality format increases the likelihood of memorising the information accurately. This is explained by the dual system account of cognition where slower, more effortful but more accurate thinking is invoked via the poorer quality representation. We present two studies where we transfer these results to the domain of data- entry and show that poorer quality format of to-be-copied information leads to increased accuracy in transcription tasks. Moreover, this is not a consequence of the typical speed-accuracy tradeoffs. The results of our novel approach have implications for the design of data-entry tasks in domains such as healthcare.

Keywords

Human error cognition data-entry presentation quality numberentry infusion pump perception safety-critical systems 

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© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Soboczenski
    • 1
  • Paul Cairns
    • 1
  • Anna L. Cox
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkYorkUK
  2. 2.Interaction CentreUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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