Monday, January 16, 2006

New Theoretical Approaches for HCI

New theories of HCI ...

"Author: Yvonne Rogers — “A core lesson that was learned, however, is that you cannot simply lift theories out of an established field (i.e. cognitive psychology), that have been developed to explain specific phenomena about cognition, and then reapply them to explain other kinds of seemingly related phenomena in a different domain (i.e. interacting with computers). This is because the kinds of cognitive processes that are studied in basic research are quite different from what happens in the ‘real’ world of human-computer interactions (Landauer, 1991).”

The quote above is wonderful. In effect, it states that you can’t necesarily use lab research to answer practical questions. Sure, you might be able to gain some insight but you won’t get great answers without getting your hands dirty.

Great article full of important insights."   continued ...   (Via WebWord)

Applying the principle of cognitive tracing. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Applying the principle of cognitive tracing.

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