Stereotypes are often used in industrial contexts and their application spans from use cases to class diagrams. Indeed, companies use stereotypes within their development processes to specialize general processes aiming to fit them to a particular technology in use, such as programming languages (e.g. C#, Java), application type (e.g. realtime, Web applications, client-server, standalone), reusable component used (e.g. Microsoft Foundation Class Library, Enterprise Java Beans Library) or simply to give more detailed guidelines to the practitioners involved in the system development processes.
Nevertheless, the influence of stereotypes on the comprehension of requirements models, such as UML sequence diagrams, had not been investigated yet. This fact motivated us to develop the research presented in this work.