Title

Task and Representation Interactions in Temporal Reasoning

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Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

2004

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Abstract

Displays used to support tasks involving temporal reasoning often represent temporal information in a format reasonable for computers, but cumbersome for humans. Study participants compared sentences describing relationships between time intervals to either an alpha-numeric or graphical display and responded true/false. Two categories of relationships were examined: relative (before, after) and contained (during, contains). The graphical display allowed faster rejection of instances of categorical mismatch based on perceptual differences and evaluation of truth-conditions at a higher level of abstraction between the two types of relationships.

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Presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, New Orleans, LA, September 20-24, 2004.

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10.1177/154193120404801810

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