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Kim Vicente and Alex Kirlik

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765140

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765140.001.0001

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Constructing the Subject

Constructing the Subject

Cognitive Modeling

(p.145) 7 Constructing the Subject

Alex Kirlik

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the reprinted article “Operator monitoring in a complex, dynamic work environment: a qualitative cognitive model based on field observations” by Kim J. Vicente, Randall J. Mumaw, and Emilie M. Roth. The chapter presents a qualitative cognitive model of a nuclear power plant operator's monitoring activities. The final word in the previous sentence is key: one of the most important findings was that monitoring a power plant is anything but passive. Instead, via extensive field observations, Vicente and his colleagues found that the operator engages in a rich set of activities, displaying a diverse cognitive and behavioral repertoire.

Keywords:   operator monitoring, cognitive model, human cognition, power plant operator

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