Relevance versus generalization in cognitive engineering

Alex Kirlik

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    The purpose of this article is to describe how research at the intersection of cognition, technology, and work can be generalized beyond the source context of scientific inquiry and confirmation. Special emphasis is given to resolve confusion about the use of terms such as "ecological validity" and the "real world." The ultimate goal is to foster a more productive dialog on the merits of where and how research on important cognitive engineering topics, such as cognitive adaptation to change and uncertainty, should be conducted.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)213-220
    Number of pages8
    JournalCognition, Technology and Work
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Sep 2012


    • Cognition
    • Ecological validity
    • Representative design
    • Scientific generalization

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Philosophy
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Science Applications


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