Positioning and sizing of images

While there are no hard and fast rules for the look and feel of MTSG posts, the following may be helpful:

Preferred layout style

A short opening statement (1 – 2 sentences) followed by a full width image (no caption) and the main body of the text. Something like this:

A new study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that hands-free technology intended to make life easier and safer for motorist is in fact more dangerous that initially thought.

Using data from simulations and on-road driving, researchers measured how engaging in different activities while driving affected cognitive distraction – distraction arising from mental effort. Talking on the phone – whether handheld or hands-free – presented a similar level of cognitive distraction to talking with passengers about subjects not related to the primary task. Listening to the radio led to a smaller level of cognitive distraction, while driving whilst carrying out complex mental tasks led to the highest levels of cognitive distraction. What was most striking from the data though was that using in-car text-to-speech facilities that allow the driver to access email and text messages led to substantially higher cognitive distraction than cell phone use or talking with passengers.

Alternative layout styles

1. A full width image with caption, something like this:

A new study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that hands-free technology intended to make life easier and safer for motorist is in fact more dangerous that initially thought.

Testing for cognitive distractions (photo supplied by AAA)

Using data from simulations and on-road driving, researchers measured how engaging in different activities while driving affected cognitive distraction – distraction arising from mental effort. Talking on the phone – whether handheld or hands-free – presented a similar level of cognitive distraction to talking with passengers about subjects not related to the primary task. Listening to the radio led to a smaller level of cognitive distraction, while driving whilst carrying out complex mental tasks led to the highest levels of cognitive distraction. What was most striking from the data though was that using in-car text-to-speech facilities that allow the driver to access email and text messages led to substantially higher cognitive distraction than cell phone use or talking with passengers.

2. Half width image with caption, something like this:

Testing for cognitive distractions (photo supplied by AAA)

Testing for cognitive distractions (photo supplied by AAA)

A new study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that hands-free technology intended to make life easier and safer for motorist is in fact more dangerous that initially thought.

Using data from simulations and on-road driving, researchers measured how engaging in different activities while driving affected cognitive distraction – distraction arising from mental effort. Talking on the phone – whether handheld or hands-free – presented a similar level of cognitive distraction to talking with passengers about subjects not related to the primary task. Listening to the radio led to a smaller level of cognitive distraction, while driving whilst carrying out complex mental tasks led to the highest levels of cognitive distraction. What was most striking from the data though was that using in-car text-to-speech facilities that allow the driver to access email and text messages led to substantially higher cognitive distraction than cell phone use or talking with passengers.

Image Size

Full width images without a caption should be 700 pixels wide. Aim for them to be no more than 400 pixels high

Full width images with a caption should be 680 pixels wide, and less than 400 pixels high

Scale half-width images accordingly (350 pixels wide for no caption, 340 pixels wide with caption)

For more information on image formatting, see http://www.mindthesciencegap.org/style-guide/images/inserting-and-formatting-images/

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