The role of context in perceptions of the aesthetics of web pages over time

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/93750
Title:
The role of context in perceptions of the aesthetics of web pages over time
Authors:
van Schaik, P. (Paul) ( 0000-0001-5322-6554 ) ; Ling, J. (Jonathan)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. School of Social Sciences and Law. Psychology Subject Group.
Citation:
van Schaik, P. and Ling, J. (2009) 'The role of context in perceptions of the aesthetics of web pages over time', International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 67 (1), pp.79-89.
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
International Journal of Human Computer Studies
Issue Date:
Jan-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/93750
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijhcs.2008.09.012
Abstract:
An important aspect of the empirical study of user experience is the process by which users form aesthetic and other judgements of interactive products. The current study extends previous research by presenting test users with a context (mode of use) in which to make their judgements, using sets of web pages from specific domains rather than unrelated pages, studying the congruence of perceptions of aesthetic value over time, including judgements after use of a web site, manipulating the aesthetic design of web pages and studying the relationship between usability and aesthetic value. The results from two experiments demonstrate that context increases the stability of judgements from perceptions after brief exposure to those after self-paced exposure and from perceptions after self-paced exposure to those of after site use. Experiment 1 shows that relatively attractive pages are preferred over relatively unattractive pages after brief exposure, but only if no context is provided. Experiment 2 shows that after brief exposure, classically aesthetic pages that are information oriented are rated as more attractive than expressively aesthetic pages. Perceptions are not correlated with measures of task performance or mental effort. We conclude that context is a pivotal factor influencing the stability of users' perceptions, which must be explicitly addressed in the study of users' product experience. Furthermore, the type of aesthetics that is relevant to users' perceptions appears to depend on the application domain. The principle 'what is beautiful is usable' is not confirmed.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
aesthetics; context; product experience; user experience; web site; perceptions; attractiveness
ISSN:
1071-5819; 1095-9300
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 05/03/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Scopus, 05/03/2010]

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dc.contributor.authorvan Schaik, P. (Paul)en
dc.contributor.authorLing, J. (Jonathan)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-03-05T13:21:23Zen
dc.date.available2010-03-05T13:21:23Zen
dc.date.issued2009-01en
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Human Computer Studies; 67 (1): 79-89en
dc.identifier.issn1071-5819en
dc.identifier.issn1095-9300en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ijhcs.2008.09.012en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/93750en
dc.description.abstractAn important aspect of the empirical study of user experience is the process by which users form aesthetic and other judgements of interactive products. The current study extends previous research by presenting test users with a context (mode of use) in which to make their judgements, using sets of web pages from specific domains rather than unrelated pages, studying the congruence of perceptions of aesthetic value over time, including judgements after use of a web site, manipulating the aesthetic design of web pages and studying the relationship between usability and aesthetic value. The results from two experiments demonstrate that context increases the stability of judgements from perceptions after brief exposure to those after self-paced exposure and from perceptions after self-paced exposure to those of after site use. Experiment 1 shows that relatively attractive pages are preferred over relatively unattractive pages after brief exposure, but only if no context is provided. Experiment 2 shows that after brief exposure, classically aesthetic pages that are information oriented are rated as more attractive than expressively aesthetic pages. Perceptions are not correlated with measures of task performance or mental effort. We conclude that context is a pivotal factor influencing the stability of users' perceptions, which must be explicitly addressed in the study of users' product experience. Furthermore, the type of aesthetics that is relevant to users' perceptions appears to depend on the application domain. The principle 'what is beautiful is usable' is not confirmed.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 05/03/2010]en
dc.subjectaestheticsen
dc.subjectcontexten
dc.subjectproduct experienceen
dc.subjectuser experienceen
dc.subjectweb siteen
dc.subjectperceptionsen
dc.subjectattractivenessen
dc.titleThe role of context in perceptions of the aesthetics of web pages over timeen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. School of Social Sciences and Law. Psychology Subject Group.en
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Human Computer Studiesen
ref.citationcount0 [Scopus, 05/03/2010]en
or.citation.harvardvan Schaik, P. and Ling, J. (2009) 'The role of context in perceptions of the aesthetics of web pages over time', International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 67 (1), pp.79-89.en
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