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My name is Amy Hogan and I am a PhD student at the University of Bath.  I
would very much like you to participate in my online study about Internet
Interaction and Visualisation - www.cyberviz.co.uk.  Participation only
takes 10-15 minutes.  You complete a brief questionnaire and a fun interactive
puzzle using images or descriptions of the Internet.  Find out a bit more
about it below ...

Please feel free to send this email on to anyone else whom you think might be
interested in participating.
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How do you envision cyberspace?

** Perhaps you see it as an urban landscape of skyscrapers of pulsing
information and circuitry? **
** Perhaps a multi-dimensional string puzzle emanating through a hierarchy of
levels? **
** Or a dynamic, amorphous, gaseous cloud?**

Find out by participating in my online research - www.cyberviz.co.uk


Whatís the study all about?

Given the emergence of the Internet as critical infrastructure upon which
businesses, organisations, institutions and consumers rely on its proper
functioning, it is increasingly important for cyberspace to be understood.
The explosive growth of the Internet calls for the need to organise, filter,
and present information in ways which allow users to cope with the sheer
quantities of information available.  The Internetís hypertextual, abstract
nature is unfamiliar to most; it is a space that is difficult to comprehend
and mentally visualise.  Visual metaphors are employed when users try to make
sense of this foreign environment by describing the unfamiliar in terms of the
familiar.  In doing so, the technology is made meaningful.  My research will
illustrate the many ways cyberspace is being envisioned by users of this
online service.  By combining pictorial representations and Q-Methodology, my
resarch examines how these visualisations have important consequences for ways
in which users relate to, interact with and understand cyberspace.  I aim to
investigate how such knowledge will help users, service providers and analysts
to comprehend the various spaces of online information, providing
understanding and aiding navigation.  This research has significant
educational value by making complex spaces comprehensible.

Interested?  Go to www.cyberviz.co.uk.  Thank you.

Ph.D. Psychology student
University of Bath
Participate in my online study! - www.cyberviz.co.uk

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