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Adaptive Perspectives on Human–Technology InteractionMethods and Models for Cognitive Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction$
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Alex Kirlik

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374827

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374827.001.0001

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Reflections from a Cognitive Engineering and Human Factors Perspective

Reflections from a Cognitive Engineering and Human Factors Perspective

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Adaptive Perspectives on Human–Technology Interaction

Kim J. Vicente

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins to see how Brunswikian psychology can impact critical issues in the design of human-technology interaction. The compiled research exhibits a number of positive features. The chapter briefly reviews what is believed to be the most sophisticated and creative attempt in the cognitive engineering literature to use dynamical systems theory (DST) to model human behavior in a Brunswikian fashion. The application of DST within the umbrella of an ecological approach resulted in several critical features. The promise of ecological psychology for the human factors and cognitive engineering communities is beginning to be realized. The chapter shows the application of existing methods and theories to new problems, of innovations to existing methods and theories, and perhaps most important of all, of new methods and theories inspired by the tenets of ecological psychology. It is believed that the future of human factors and cognitive engineering lies in continuing to explore this path defined by Brunswik and Gibson, broadly defined. The chapters in this book represent a vital step forward.

Keywords:   cognitive engineering, Brunswikian psychology, human-technology interaction, dynamical systems theory, human behavior, human factors

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