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Assessing Web interaction with recollection: Age-related and task-related differences

Etcheverry, Isabelle ; Terrier, Patrice ; Marquié, Jean-Claude ;Terrier, Patrice (Editor)

Computers in Human Behavior, January 2012, Vol.28(1), pp.11-22 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Assessing Web interaction with recollection: Age-related and task-related differences
  • Author/Creator: Etcheverry, Isabelle ; Terrier, Patrice ; Marquié, Jean-Claude
  • Terrier, Patrice (Editor)
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Cognitive Science ; Psychology ; Computer Science ; Information Retrieval ; Computer Science ; Psychology
  • Is Part Of: Computers in Human Behavior, January 2012, Vol.28(1), pp.11-22
  • Description: Highlights ► We examine how young and older Internet users select and recollect information displayed in Web pages. ► Remembering is less contextualised in older participants. ► Content-oriented searches impose greater processing demands. ► Older users experience more difficulties in navigation-oriented searches. The current study examined how young ( n = 26; mean = 22.31 years) and older Internet users ( n = 24; mean = 64.54 years) performed when they had to select and recollect information displayed in Web pages. Content-oriented and navigation-oriented information-finding tasks were used during the study phase. At test, the method made use of two recognition paradigms designed to assess recollection and the nature of representations in memory: namely, the remember/know procedure and a forced-choice recognition procedure which made it possible to compare the retrieval of detailed (verbatim-based) and semantic (gist-based) representations. The evidence from both procedures suggested that remembering was less contextualised in older participants. Furthermore, the idea that content-oriented searches impose greater processing demands than navigation-oriented searches in Web pages was confirmed for both age groups. Interestingly, the older Internet users experienced more difficulties in finding targets in navigation-oriented searches than in content-oriented searches.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0747-5632 ; E-ISSN: 1873-7692 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2011.08.004