Experimental evidence on the cognitive effectiveness of diagrams

Jan Mendling*, Monika Malinova

*Corresponding author for this work

Publication: Scientific journalJournal article


Diagrams continue to play an important role in different areas of computer science. In this paper, we discuss how the cognitive processing of such diagrams can be conceptually understood. To this end, we refer to the CogniDia framework, a recent framework that describes the consecutive phases of cognitive processing. We discuss experimental results for the four categories of the framework. We conclude with an outlook on future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-15
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event6th Information Systems International Conference, ISICO 2021 - Virtual, Online, Italy
Duration: 7 Aug 20218 Aug 2021

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  • CogniDia framework
  • Cognitive effectiveness
  • Cognitive processing
  • Diagrammatic models

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