The Face as a Data Display

Robert J.K. Jacob, Howard E. Egeth

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Computer-generated schematic faces have been proposed as a potentially useful medium for communicating complex data. Two experiments were performed to examine faces in this regard. In the first experiment, subjects performed a clustering task in a nine-dimensional Euclidean space. Subjects performed significantly and substantially better when the points in the nine-space were represented by faces than when they were represented in either of two alternate ways. In the second experiment, subjects performed a paired-associate learning task with faces and with a variety of other stimuli of three different dimensionalities. While faces were found to result in generally superior performance, a number of other interesting effects were also observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-200
Number of pages12
JournalHuman Factors: The Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Applied Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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