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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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The Emerging Rapprochement between Cognitive and Ecological Analyses

The Emerging Rapprochement between Cognitive and Ecological Analyses

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(p.230) 16 The Emerging Rapprochement between Cognitive and Ecological Analyses
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Adaptive Perspectives on Human–Technology Interaction
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Wayne D. Gray

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374827.003.0021

This chapter provides a discussion on the emerging rapprochement between cognitive and ecological analyses. It introduces three of advances, namely embodied cognition, architectures of cognition, and soft constraints. In addition, it describes a research from the CogWorks Laboratory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that illustrates how these three advances yield an understanding of the functional task environment that is the key to the rapprochement between cognitive and ecological analyses. It also discusses two related questions, both of which ignore resource limits to focus on design limits. The reported work suggests that ignoring the analysis of optimality may lead one to draw false conclusions about people's willingness or success at implementing different strategies in a given task environment. Advances in the study of embodied cognition have led to the realization that properties of functional cognition and of the world are in a tight loop.

Keywords:   cognition, functional task environment, rapprochement, ecological analysis, embodied cognition

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