An evolutionary explanation of graph comprehension using fMRI

Roozmehr Safi, Eric Walden, Gabriel Cogo, David Lucus, Elshan Moradiabadi

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Abstract

Evolution has equipped Homo sapiens with a wide range of inherent abilities. One of those abilities is comprehending graphical representations. We claim that comprehension is only inherent if the representation has an analogy in the evolutionary environment. We test this using a fMRI study to show that certain graphs activate the visual cortex and others do not. Furthermore those that activate the visual cortex result in greater accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation
PublisherSpringer Heidelberg
Pages117-122
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation
Volume10
ISSN (Print)2195-4968
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4976

Keywords

  • Evolution
  • FMRI
  • Graphicacy

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    Safi, R., Walden, E., Cogo, G., Lucus, D., & Moradiabadi, E. (2015). An evolutionary explanation of graph comprehension using fMRI. In Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation (pp. 117-122). (Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation; Vol. 10). Springer Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-18702-0_15