What is it about?

We compared 357 articles sampled from 24 peer-reviewed gerontology journals published between 1995 and 2009. Approximately 11 per cent of page space was dedicated to data presentation with more page space occupied by tables (9.13%) than graphs (2.32%).

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Why is it important?

Visual inscriptions enhance communication between primary researchers and make statistical information easier to understand. When inscriptions are used in dissemination, researchers become less reliant on complex statistical jargon and can communicate easily with a diverse audience (researchers, health care practitioners, clients).


As a cognitive scientist, I think that understanding how humans best understand complex information. Given the widespread use of the internet, it is important to be able to effectively convey complex information. Visual inscriptions, including graphs, are are important knowledge translation tool. Graphs allow scientists to communicate information widely to a diverse audience.

Dr. Lisa Best
University of New Brunswick

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This page is a summary of: Graphs, Tables, and Scientific Illustrations: Visualisation as the Science of Seeing Gerontology, Canadian Journal on Aging / La Revue canadienne du vieillissement, September 2017, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/s0714980817000447.
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