|Title||Understanding dynamic and static displays: using images to reason dynamically|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2005|
|Authors||Bogacz, S, Trafton, JG|
|Journal||Cogn. Syst. Res.|
|Keywords||Animations, Dynamic, Images, Meteorology, Reasoning, Representation, Static, Weather forecasting|
We examined expert meteorologists as they created a weather forecast while working in a naturalistic environment. We examined the type of external representation they chose to examine (a static image, a sequence of static images, or a dynamic display) and the kind of information they extracted from those representations (static or dynamic). We found that even though weather is an extremely dynamic domain, expert meteorologists examined very few animations, examining primarily static images. However, meteorologists did extract large amounts of dynamic information from these static images, suggesting that they reasoned about the weather by mentally animating the static images rather than letting the software do it for them.
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