An Eye Tracking Study of Web Search by People with and without Dyslexia

SIGIR 2020 |

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Web search is a key digital literacy skill that can be particularly challenging for people with dyslexia, a common learning disability that affects reading and spelling skills in about 15% of the English-speaking population. In this paper, we collected and analyzed eye-tracking, search log, and self-report data from 27 participants (14 with dyslexia) to confirm that searchers with dyslexia struggle with all stages of the search process and have markedly different gaze patterns and search behavior that reflect the strategies used and challenges faced. Based on these findings, we discuss design implications to improve the cognitive accessibility of web search.

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August 14, 2020

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An Eye Tracking Study of Web Search by People with and without Dyslexia

Video of Microsoft Research intern and UCSD Ph.D. student Srishti Palani presenting research on the topic of how dyslexia impacts search engine use. This research talk accompanies the article from SIGIR 2020 that can be found at http:aka.ms/dyslexiasigir.