Information Processing Models: Benefits and Limitations

Wallace, Dr Brendan and Ross, Dr Alastair and Davies, Professor John (2003) Information Processing Models: Benefits and Limitations. [Book Chapter]

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This paper looks at the three main information processing models from the point of view of researchers in confidential human factors databases. It explores conceptual problems with two of these information processing models, and goes on to explore possible advantages of adopting a ‘connectionist’ paradigm. Links between connectionism and ‘situated cognition’ are demonstrated. Practical work carried out using a connectionist/situated cognition model is described, and the way in which the ‘situatedness’ of discourse can influence the kind of data that can be collected is discussed. Finally it is argued that more emphasis should be placed in ergonomics on sociation, situatedness and embodiment, and that this might help to deal with problems faced in creation and interrogating databases: especially as regards the creation of coherent and reliable ‘coding taxonomies’.

Item Type:Book Chapter
Keywords:Information Processing, taxonomies, cognitivism, connectionism, ergonomics, safety, CIRAS
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
ID Code:3093
Deposited By: Wallace, Dr Brendan
Deposited On:08 Aug 2003
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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