Imapct of Familiarity on the Usability of Product by Older Adults

8 Nov 2006 - 9:55am
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Zhonghai Li
2006

As discussed in an earlier post, there is always a tension between
innovation and user expectation. This is especially true for older adults
who have been found to be less capable to use new products/innovative
interfaces than younger people. Therefore, familiarity in design is a key
goal when designing for older adults.

However, to what degree does the familiarity mitigate older adults' physical
decline when interacting with new products? What aspects does familiarity
mean? Which aspects of familiarity facilitate the learning process?

Anyone, please, offer some thoughts on this? If possible, please point to me
some relevant literatures.

Thank you

Zhonghai

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8 Nov 2006 - 3:50pm
Jim Ungar
2006

Denise Park continues work she started at Michigan on Aging and Cognition at
Illinois.
Hope this helps.
http://agingmind.cns.uiuc.edu/ourresearch-neu.html

Jim

On 11/8/06, Zhonghai Li <zhonghai at etclab.mie.utoronto.ca> wrote:
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> As discussed in an earlier post, there is always a tension between
> innovation and user expectation. This is especially true for older adults
> who have been found to be less capable to use new products/innovative
> interfaces than younger people. Therefore, familiarity in design is a key
> goal when designing for older adults.
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> However, to what degree does the familiarity mitigate older adults'
> physical
> decline when interacting with new products? What aspects does familiarity
> mean? Which aspects of familiarity facilitate the learning process?
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> Anyone, please, offer some thoughts on this? If possible, please point to
> me
> some relevant literatures.
>
>
>
> Thank you
>
>
>
> Zhonghai
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