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Advances in Human-Computer Interaction
Volume 2016, Article ID 5916843, 5 pages
Research Article

Transitions in Interface Objects: Searching Databases

1Department of Psychology, University of Winchester, Winchester SO22 4NR, UK
2School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK

Received 5 November 2015; Accepted 5 May 2016

Academic Editor: Jean Vanderdonckt

Copyright © 2016 Tim Gamble and Jon May. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Two experiments demonstrate that a list-like database interface which benefits from the persistence of contextual information does not show the same degree of benefit of collocating objects over display changes that has been previously observed in a map-searching study. This provides some support for the claim that the nature of the task must be taken into account in choosing how to design dynamic displays. We discuss the benefit of basing design principles on theoretical models derived from film cutting methods used in cinematography, so that they can be extended to novel design situations.