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Visual Cueing Influencing Eye Movements and Reasoning in Physics Problems
  Location: SS Ballroom ABC
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 1:30 PM -1:40 PM
  Author: Adrian Madsen, Kansas State University
785-532-1612, adrianc@phys.ksu.edu
  Co-Author(s): Adam Larson , Lester Loschky , N. Sanjay Rebello
  Abstract: Visual cues overlaid on diagrams and animations can reduce cognitive load by drawing attention to relevant areas. Additionally, cues can increase speed and accuracy by causing learners to view a diagram in a pattern related to a problem's solution. We investigate the effects of visual cueing on students' eye movements and reasoning on introductory physics problems with a diagram. Students in the treatment group were shown an initial problem, and if they answered that incorrectly, they were shown a series of problems each with moving shapes cueing the correct solution. Students in the control group were also provided a series of problems, but without any visual cues. Students in both groups were asked to verbally explain their reasoning after each question, and were provided a transfer problem without cues at the end. We report on students' eye movements while answering the questions and verbal reasoning for their answers.
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