It is common in systems in which humans and machines continually interact for the human to have to comprehend an informational display in a fixed amount of time. If information is displayed for a fixed amount of time, it is usually presented continuously rather than intermittently. Although there is some literature to support this practice, it is scarce. This paper suggests that a continuous display is optimal in certain instances only, while in other cases, repeated presentations of the same information leads to a higher retention rate. The paper also proposes an equation relating the number of items reported to the total time the information is displayed and to the number of presentations. To reconcile the apparent contradiction in optimal methods of presentation, the paper identifies three stages in the processing of visually presented information.

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    Human Factors Society

    Johns Hopkins University Press
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21218
  • Authors:
    • Hepler, S P
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 183-188
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  • Accession Number: 00141114
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1976 12:00AM