Computers, Communication and Mental Models

Computers, Communication and Mental Models

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Computers, Commmunication, and Mental Models is a far-ranging, focused treatment of the cognitive and behavioural issues in computer-mediated communication, knowledge representation and computer-supported co- operative work. It is also an argued development of the theoretical bases for treating computerized tools as intermediaries in the communication of mental maps between tool builders and users. Empirical trails are reported in detail sufficient for representation, in computer-based instruction, fractal dimensions of cognitive mapping and group decision support. The book is a collection of multidisciplinary papers which each shed light on the complex interactions between users and systems architects, via a common medium: computerized tools.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 91 pages
  • 206.2 x 293.1 x 6.1mm | 331.13g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0748405437
  • 9780748405435

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This book is a far-ranging but focused treatment of the cognitive and behavioural issues in computer-mediated communication, knowledge representation, and computer-supported co-operative work. It also develops the theoretical basis for treating computerised tools as intermediaries in the communication of mental maps between tool builders and tool users. Computers, Communication and Mental Models presents a collection of multidisciplinary papers, each of which sheds light on the complex interactions between users and systems architects, via a common medium: computerised tools. Work by international specialists in psychology, human-computer interaction, communication theory, learning theory and group decision making is featured. Included are treatments of inherent functionality in metaphoric representations; studies of computer-mediated communication, examinations of how spatial cognition can be mapped using fractals, and how hypertext can map students' learning of complex architectural models. Finally, the significant roles that tool characteristics play in group decision making are addressed. In addition to its empirical value to academics and practitioners, the book also provides practical features that recommend it as a valuable resource.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 The communication process: human-computer-human interaction - how computers affect interpersonal communication, Rodney Fuller; designing for cognitive communication - epistemic fidelity or mediating collaborative inquiry?, Jeremy Roschelle; computer-mediated interpersonal communication - the HCHI approach, Lajos Balint. Part 2 Knowledge representation: mapping the mapper, John Wood and Paul Taylor; mapping spatial cognition with computers, Phil Moose et al. Part 3 Co-operative work: the world view of collaborative tools, Munir Mandviwalla; computer- based simulation models for problem-solving - communicating problem understandings, Ray Paul and Peter Thomas; the effects of combining interactive graphics and text in computer-mediated small group decision- making, Jozsef Toth. Postscript - a convergence of disciplines.show more