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dc.contributor.advisorGutwin, Carlen_US
dc.creatorChiasson, Soniaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2004-09-08T12:59:55Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-04T04:56:57Z
dc.date.available2004-09-09T08:00:00Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-01-04T04:56:57Z
dc.date.created2004-08en_US
dc.date.issued2004-08-26en_US
dc.date.submittedAugust 2004en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/etd-09082004-125955en_US
dc.description.abstractComputers play an increasingly large part in children’s daily lives, yet most interface design research has focused on adult users. One area of research that has informed adult interface design is the Media Equation, which explains how people respond to media in a fundamentally social manner and how they treat computers as social actors in interactions. To date, it was unknown whether these findings apply to children as well. This thesis investigates the effects of the Media Equation on children in three specific areas: praise, team formation, and politeness. It also examines whether varying the form of the computer affects the Media Equation in any way and whether there are any gender differences in how children respond to the Media Equation. Little evidence was found to support the existence of Media Equation effects on children. Children responded positively regardless of whether any Media Equation elements were incorporated into the interfaces. These results raise doubts on whether there is any added value to including Media Equation principles into the design of children’s interfaces. The results do, however, shed some light on children-computer interaction and lead to a set of guidelines for designers of children’s technology.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectHuman-Computer Interactionen_US
dc.subjectHCIen_US
dc.subjectMedia Equationen_US
dc.subjectchildrenen_US
dc.titleThe effects of the media equation on childrenen_US
thesis.degree.departmentComputer Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineComputer Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.Sc.)en_US
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dc.type.genreThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGreer, J. E. (Jim)en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBrown, Barryen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSubramanian, Sriramen_US


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