Understanding complex information – study in cooperation between IWM and INM

19 Dezember 2018

Heatmap indicating the duration of observation is overlaid with a text on nanoparticles
The so-called heatmap is created from eye tracking measurements and indicate how long the test persons spend on each part of the document. Creator: Steffen Gottschling.

In December 2018 a scientist from the Leibniz Institute of Knowledge Media in Tübingen, which is a partner of the Leibniz Research Alliance Nanosafety, conducted a study with nanomaterial experts at the INM. Aim of the study is to compare the comprehension and evaluation of complex and inconsistent informations. Questionnaires were combined with results from eye-tracking measurements on a text on nanoparticles. The results, that will probably be ready by summer 2019, will help scientists to communicate their work in a comprehensive manner and to avoid misunderstandings when discussing data with laypersons.

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