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Title:Measuring serendipity in the lab: The effects of priming and monitoring
Author(s):Bogers, Toine; Rasmussen, Rune Rosenborg; Jensen, Louis Sebastian Bo
Subject(s):Serendipity
measurement
priming
monitoring
experimentation
information behavior
information retrieval
quantitative data analysis
Abstract:While the phenomenon of serendipity has proven to be a popular research topic, the issue of how to measure it effectively still relatively unexplored. We present an exploratory study that contributes to our understanding of this issue by examining the effect of (1) priming people about the concept of serendipity and (2) monitoring participants on how they experience serendipity when searching for information in a controlled environment. Our experiments indicate that it is best to keep such controlled experiments as natural as possible: priming participants about serendipity and monitoring them during their experiments seem to have a negative influence on experiencing serendipity, as they are more likely to induce participants to stay on task instead of exhibiting diverging information behavior.
Issue Date:2013-02
Publisher:iSchools
Citation Info:Bogers, T., Rasmussen, R. R., & Jensen, L. S. B. (2013). Measuring serendipity in the lab: The effects of priming and monitoring. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 703-706). doi:10.9776/13325
Genre:Conference Poster
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/42040
DOI:10.9776/13325
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-02


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