Investigating the difficulty of one degree of freedom positioning: Associating movement phases with regions

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Positioning an object within specified bounds is a common daily computer task, for example making selections using a touch screen or positioning icons relative to each other. This experiment measured times for participants (n = 145) to position rectangular cursors with various widths, p, within rectangular targets with various tolerances, t, in one dimension. The analysis divides the total movement time into three parts, the time for the cursor to touch the target, the time to enter the target after touching, and the centering time, the remaining time for participants to indicate that the cursor is completely within the target by clicking on the mouse button. The time to touch the target was modeled well by the initial cursor-target separation, r2 = 0.95. The entering time was modeled well by log2(p/t + 1), r2 = 0.99, and the centering time was modeled well by l/t, r2 = 0.94.

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Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society