Date of Award

Fall 2003

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Human Factors & Systems


Human Factors and Systems

Committee Chair

Shawn Doherty, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Dahai Liu, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Robie McDonnell, Ph.D.


A modified form of RSVP (rapid serial visual presentation) was presented to 15 male and 15 female undergraduate and graduate students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The participants read 9 short passages electronically presented as 2, 4, or 6 lines of text in rapid sequence on a simulated cell phone display interface, at three speeds. Comprehension of text passages was examined in an attempt to find an ideal method of presenting lengthy text on a small screen interface. The results indicated that as participants were exposed to greater speeds and an increasing number of lines their comprehension of the passages decreased. No interaction was found between number of lines and speed of presentation. The greatest comprehension was found in the 2-line presentation method when displayed at the participant's base-line reading speed. Comprehension was lowest when participants read passages presented in the 6-line format at +50% above their base-line reading speed.

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