Cognitive Engineering: Toward a Workable Concept of Mind

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This book takes steps toward building what Jerome Bruner referred to as a "workable concept of mind". It specifically reports the methods and models that can be fruitfully applied to solving practically relevant problems in human-technology interaction. Six themes unite the chapters' orientation toward developing a concept of mind that is both workable and valuable from a cognitive engineering perspective. These themes are illustrated in the selection of research problems, methods, and analysis and modeling techniques in the following chapters. Specifically discussed in this chapter are the discussions given on an ecological or systems perspective, an adaptive, functional perspective, environmental uncertainty, representativeness, formal perspective, and problem-solving perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdaptive Perspectives on Human-Technology Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Models for Cognitive Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction
EditorsAlex Kirlik
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199847693
ISBN (Print)9780195374827
StatePublished - May 2006


  • Cognitive engineering
  • Concept of mind
  • Environmental uncertainty
  • Human-technology interaction
  • Jerome Bruner
  • Methods
  • Modeling techniques
  • Problem-solving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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