Cognitive Science in technology

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Title: Cognitive Science in technology
Author: Cabrera, Victoria Marrujo
Abstract: Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary field that ties together the curricula of liberal arts and technical fields of study . However , it is de -emphasized in technical undergraduate studies such as Engineering . Cognitive Science is essentially the study of the human mind and how humans process information . It is the study of human responses , thinking , and perception . Human behavior and a person’s reaction are undetermined , but it can be better understood . Although human behavior and interaction is a routine part of life , engineers are taught to decipher code and not how to decipher a human’s behavior . Cognitive Science affects all aspects in the work environment . Organizational practices can be improved by understanding common biases and motivational theories in people . Having a cognitive awareness of typical human behavior will help to promote improved communication and positive reactions from people in the workplace . Human behavior is inevitable in any field but more crucial in technical fields especially when there is lack of communication or ambiguous guidelines and definitions . In technical fields , miscommunication or ambiguity can be a matter of life or death . In many situations , miscommunication can drive ambiguity . Although some people are happy with flexible guidelines , others seek to have well defined expectations . How do people react in situations surrounding miscommunication or ambiguity ? In both situations , some people create opportunities and others become a hindrance . Processes and procedures can be put in place to alleviate ambiguous situations , but human performance and psychological factors still play a role as well . Human error can result from psychological factors , but the environment can be improved to limit those factors . As with any situation , mishaps are still prone to happen . Although human error is preventable in most cases , it’s never completely unavoidable . Human error continues to be a deep -rooted cause that can lead to negative outcomes . As stated by Alexander Pope , “to err is human…” (Moncur ) . This paper will explore underlying human behavior in daily activities . By understanding common biases and motivational theories driving human behavior , one can address negative behavior in a technical field in order to create opportunities .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -12 -2098
Date: 2011-02-14

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Cognitive Science in technology. Master's thesis, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -12 -2098 .

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