The future is in our hands: an investigation into the methods of discovery and cognition behind touch-based gestures

Grogan, Oliver (2015) The future is in our hands: an investigation into the methods of discovery and cognition behind touch-based gestures. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study investigates touch gestures and their methods of discovery and cognition.
    Through an investigation into the intuition of a touch gesture, this study will explore touch gestures with regards to the analogue-abstract spectrum. The proposed study will suggest appropriate methods of implementation, relative to the spectrum, with the aim of reducing usability issues and strains on user experience. Understanding the relationship between a touch gesture, and its underlying cognitive mechanisms, will further enable techniques to improve discovery. Currently, there is no standardised system for applying a touch gesture relative to its method of discovery. The current study has proposed two approaches to the discovery of a gesture. The first approach, perceived affordances, is intuitive, and does not require a significant amount of cognition. These are typically ‘natural’ gestures that are inherently obvious to their use. The second approach, via cognitive methods, are explicitly taught, and require learning to be obtained. Utilising Critical Theory, this study analyses a vast amount of literature to support proposed methods of learning and discovery.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2015 09:22
    Last Modified: 02 Jul 2015 09:22
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17591

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