The Effect of Color Choice on Learner Interpretation of a Cosmology Visualization

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/617195
Title:
The Effect of Color Choice on Learner Interpretation of a Cosmology Visualization
Authors:
Zoe, Buck
Abstract:
As we turn more and more to high-end computing to understand the Universe at cosmological scales, dynamic visualizations of simulations will take on a vital role as perceptual and cognitive tools. In collaboration with the Adler Planetarium and University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center (UC-HiPACC), I am interested in better understanding the use of visualizations to mediate astronomy learning across formal and informal settings. In this research, I use quantitative methods to investigate how 122 post-secondary learners are relying on color to interpret dark matter in a cosmology visualization. The concept of dark matter is vital to our current understanding of the Universe, yet we do not know how to effectively present dark matter visually to support learning. I employ an alternative treatment post-test only experimental design, in which members of an equivalent sample are randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups, followed by treatment and a post-test. Results indicate a significant relationship between the color of dark matter in the visualization and survey responses, implying that aesthetic variations like color can have a profound effect on audience interpretation of a dynamic cosmology visualization.
Affiliation:
University of California, Santa Cruz
Citation:
Buck, Z. (2013). The Effect of Color Choice on Learner Interpretation of a Cosmology Visualization. Astronomy Education Review, 12(1), 010104.
Journal:
Astronomy Education Review
Issue Date:
2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/617195
Document Source:
Peer-reviewed
Language:
en_US
Type Of Resource:
Empirical Research
Empirical Methodology:
Quantitative
Learning Environment:
Formal
Research Setting:
Planetarium
Subjects:
College Students
Construct:
Visualization; Content Knowledge; General Teaching Strategies; on
Content:
Cosmology
Nation:
Canada
Appears in Collections:
Astronomy Education Research

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dc.date.accessioned2016-07-18T20:54:57Zen
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dc.date.issued2013en
dc.identifier.citationBuck, Z. (2013). The Effect of Color Choice on Learner Interpretation of a Cosmology Visualization. Astronomy Education Review, 12(1), 010104.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11290/617195en
dc.description.abstractAs we turn more and more to high-end computing to understand the Universe at cosmological scales, dynamic visualizations of simulations will take on a vital role as perceptual and cognitive tools. In collaboration with the Adler Planetarium and University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center (UC-HiPACC), I am interested in better understanding the use of visualizations to mediate astronomy learning across formal and informal settings. In this research, I use quantitative methods to investigate how 122 post-secondary learners are relying on color to interpret dark matter in a cosmology visualization. The concept of dark matter is vital to our current understanding of the Universe, yet we do not know how to effectively present dark matter visually to support learning. I employ an alternative treatment post-test only experimental design, in which members of an equivalent sample are randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups, followed by treatment and a post-test. Results indicate a significant relationship between the color of dark matter in the visualization and survey responses, implying that aesthetic variations like color can have a profound effect on audience interpretation of a dynamic cosmology visualization.en
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dc.titleThe Effect of Color Choice on Learner Interpretation of a Cosmology Visualizationen
dc.typePeer-revieweden
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of California, Santa Cruzen
dc.identifier.journalAstronomy Education Reviewen
dc.type.resourceEmpirical Researchen
dc.istar.learningenvironmentFormalen
dc.istar.constructVisualizationen
dc.istar.constructContent Knowledgeen
dc.istar.constructGeneral Teaching Strategiesen
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dc.istar.contentCosmologyen
dc.istar.nationCanadaen
dc.istar.empiricalmethodologyQuantitativeen
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dc.istar.subjectCollege Studentsen
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