TitleUnderstanding dynamic and static displays: using images to reason dynamically
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsBogacz, S, Trafton, JG
JournalCogn. Syst. Res.
Date Published12/2005
KeywordsAnimations, 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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