Matt Wood: Visual context in diagram design : Baby or bathwater?

Tonight PhD candidate Matt Wood will present his final seminar on his research into how and what people learn from science diagrams.

Illustrations, diagrams and other graphics are generally considered to be useful aids for explaining scientific concepts, and are widely used in a variety of situations. Although there has been some focus on the relationship between diagram design and understanding, there has been little research into how emotional aspects of the viewing experience influences viewers’ interpretations.

This study investigates the role of visual context in diagrams and how this relates to motivation and attitudes.