Task and Representation Interactions in Temporal Reasoning
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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.
Rasmussen, L. J.,
& Shalin, V. L.
(2004). Task and Representation Interactions in Temporal Reasoning. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 2178-2182.