Animated cladograms: Interpreting evolution from diagrams

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Misconceptions of evolution are well-documented and may be attributed to features of its diagrammatic representations. For example, embodied space, the tendency to structure experiences through narrative, and base perceptual processes interact in people's interpretation of cladograms, a diagram used to reason about species' evolutionary relationships. Clinical interviews with students indicate an effect of animation on the interpretation of the depicted narrative of evolution. Implications are in the design of diagrams for teaching evolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiagrammatic Representation and Inference - 5th International Conference, Diagrams 2008, Proceedings
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 2008
Event5th International Conference on Diagrammatic Representation and Inference, Diagrams 2008 - Herrsching, Germany
Duration: Sep 19 2008Sep 21 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5223 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other5th International Conference on Diagrammatic Representation and Inference, Diagrams 2008


  • Animation
  • Diagrams
  • Evolution
  • Interviews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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