Constructing the Subject: Cognitive Modeling

Alex Kirlik

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHuman-Tech
Subtitle of host publicationEthical and Scientific Foundations
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199863358
ISBN (Print)9780199765140
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive model
  • Human cognition
  • Operator monitoring
  • Power plant operator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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