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Conception of the cognitive engineering design problem

Dowell, J; Long, J; (1998) Conception of the cognitive engineering design problem. Ergonomics , 41 (2) pp. 126-178. 10.1080/001401398187125. Green open access


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Cognitive design, as the design of cognitive work and cognitive tools, is predominantly a craft practice that currently depends on the experience and insight of the designer. However, the emergence of a discipline of cognitive engineering promises a more effective alternative practice, one that turns on the prescription of solutions to cognitive design problems. In this paper, the authors first examine the requirements for advancing cognitive engineering as a discipline. In particular, they identify the need for a conception for explicitly formulating cognitive design problems. A proposal for such a conception is then presented.

Type: Article
Title: Conception of the cognitive engineering design problem
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/001401398187125
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/18864
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