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Abstract Title: How does visual attention differ between experts and novices on physics problems?
Abstract: Research in many disciplines has used eye-tracking technology to investigate the differences in the visual attention of experts and novices. For example, it has been shown that experts in art and chess spend more time than novices looking at relevant information.  Thus, it may be helpful to give novices more direct access to the way experts allocate their visual attention, for example using attentional cueing techniques. However, not much is known about how experts allocate their attention on physics problems. More specifically, we look at physics problems where the critical information needed to answer the problem is contained in a diagram. This study uses eye movements to investigate how the allocation of visual attention differs between experts and novices on these types of physics problems. We find that in problems that deal with energy, experts spend more time looking at thematically relevant areas of the figure than novices do.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Adrian Carmichael
Department of Physics, Kansas State University
116 Cardwell
Manhattan, KS 66502
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Adam Larson, Department of Psychology, Kansas State University
Elizabeth Gire, Department of Physics, Kansas State University
Lester Loschky, Department of Psychology, Kansas State University
N. Sanjay Rebello, Department of Physics, Kansas State University