Modelling Interactive Behavior with a Rational Cognitive Architecture

Modelling Interactive Behavior with a Rational Cognitive Architecture

David Peebles (University of Huddersfield, UK) and Anna L. Cox (University College London, UK)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-246-6.ch014
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Abstract

In this chapter we discuss a number of recent studies that demonstrate the use of rational analysis (Anderson, 1990) and cognitive modelling methods to understand complex interactive behaviour involved in three tasks: icon search, graph reading, and information retrieval on the World Wide Web. We describe the underlying theoretical assumptions of rational analysis and the ACT-R cognitive architecture (Anderson & Lebiere, 1998), a theory of cognition that incorporates rational analysis in its mechanisms for learning and decision making. In presenting these studies we aim to show how such methods can be combined with eye movement data to provide detailed, highly constrained accounts of user performance that are grounded in psychological theory. We argue that the theoretical and technological developments that underpin these methods are now at a stage that the approach can be more broadly applied to other areas of web use.

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Acknowledgements
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Chapter 1
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The Usability Engineering Behins User-Centered Processes for Web Site Development Lifecycles
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This chapter presents the basic cognitive and perceptual attentional mechanisms that affect how users view web pages and the methods used to measure... Sample PDF
How Users View Web Pages: An Exploration of Cognitive and Perceptual Mechanisms
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This chapter introduces a qualitative study of user’s information-seeking tasks on web-based media, by investigating user’s cognitive behaviors when... Sample PDF
A Qualitative Study in user's Inforamtion-Seeking Behaviors on Web Sites: A User-Centered Approach to Web Site Development
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Understanding the Nature of Task Analysis in Web Design
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This chapter explores user-centered design concepts such as personas, scenarios and task analysis. It argues that combining ethnographic research... Sample PDF
From Behavior to Design: Answering the Questions of Who and What to Build Human-Centered Products and Information Systems
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Innovations in Collaborative Web Design: Methods to Facilitate Team Learning During Design
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David Benyon
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Information Architecture and Navigation Design for Web Sites
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A Methodology for Web Accessibility Development and Maintenance
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Usability Evalutation  (pages 209-228)
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Usability Evalutation
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The evaluators of a website have a need for robust and easy-to-use usability inspection methods to help them to systematically identify the possible... Sample PDF
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Sherman R. Alpert, John G. Vergo
In addition to traditional usability issues, evaluation studies for personalized Web sites and applications must consider concerns specific to these... Sample PDF
User-Centered Evalutation of Personalized Web Sites: What's Unique?
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Remote Usability Evaluation of Web Interfaces
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David Peebles, Anna L. Cox
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