Understanding Interactive Graphical Communication

Nicolas Fay, Simon Garrod, John Lee, Jon Oberlander

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We demonstrate several parallels between interactive verbal communication and graphical communication. Experiment 1 shows that through interaction partners’ graphical representations converge, and are refined, although degree of refinement is dictated by level of interaction. Experiment 2 shows that through interaction graphical representations lose their iconicity, taking on a more symbolic form. Again, this is dictated by the closeness of the interaction. Results are discussed both in terms of the evolution of writing systems and applications that support interactive graphical communication.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 2003
Subtitle of host publicationCogSci 2003
EditorsRichard Alterman, David Kirsch
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Event25th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 31 Jul 20032 Aug 2003


Conference25th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA


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