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Design activities: how to analyze cognitive effort associated to cognitive treatments?

By N Bonnardel and A Piolat

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Working memory issues are important in many real activities. Thus, measuring cognitive effort (or mental load) has been a main research topic for years in cognitive ergonomics, though no consensual method to study such aspect has been proposed. In addition, we argue that cognitive effort has to be related to an analysis of the evolution of cognitive processes, which has been called "time processing". Towards this end, we present and discuss paradigms that have been used for years to study writing activities and, in experiments reported in this paper, for studying design activities, such as computer-graphic tasks or web site desig

Topics: Cognitive Psychology
Year: 2003
OAI identifier: oai:cogprints.org:3606

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