Category Archives: Cognitive Science

A Confession: Some Triggers and Blindspots

From the very beginning and throughout my career as an experimental psychologist, I have been trained to be an objective observer. I suspect that relative to other scientific disciplines, the emphasis on objectivity during my training has been greater than … Continue reading

Cognitive Science, Design, Human Experience, UX Design

Muddling Through in the ED

Introduction It has long been recognized that in complex work domains such as management and healthcare, the decision-making behavior of experts often deviates from the prescriptions of analytic or normative logic. ¬†The observed behaviors have been characterized as intuitive, muddling … Continue reading

Cognitive Science, Human Experience, Uncategorized

Beyond Affordances

New article published in Design Issues: Beyond Affordances: Closing the Generalization Gab between Design and Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science, Design, Human Experience, UX Design

7 – Abduction – Muddling Through

Abduction Peirce introduce Abduction (or Hypothesis) as an alternative to classical forms of rationality (induction, deduction). I contend that this alternative is more typical of everyday reasoning or common sense. And further, that it is a form of rationality that … Continue reading

Cognitive Science, Human Experience

Psychology – A cargo cult science?

In his 1985 book Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman, Richard Feynman describes what he calls ‘Cargo Cult’ Science: In the South Seas there is a cargo cult of people. During the war they saw airplanes land with lots of good … Continue reading

Cognitive Science, Human Experience

What Mattters? New Edition is now available through Core Scholar

A new edition of our What Matters? book is now available online. In the new version an acknowledgment section, endorsements, indexes, and a back cover have been added. Also, a number of typos have been corrected. The paperback edition is … Continue reading

Cognitive Science, Design, Human Experience, UX Design

6 – Circles Matter!

(A) The cognitive system as an open-loop dynamic. (B) The cognitive system as a closed-loop dynamic. Open- versus Closed-loop Systems Another very important distinction between how the dyadic and triadic frames for psychology have developed is that the dyadic frame … Continue reading

Cognitive Science, Human Experience

5 – Psychology as a science of what matters

A Triadic Semiotics Inspired by the computer metaphor and the developing field of linguistics (e.g., Chomsky), the main stream of cognitive science was framed as a science where mind was considered to be a computational, symbol-processing device that was evaluated … Continue reading

Cognitive Science, Design, Human Experience, UX Design

4 – Psychology as a science of mind????

Why Wundt? The development of psychology as a science has tended to buy into and to reinforce the dichotomy of mind and matter. In most histories of psychology, Wilhelm Wundt’s lab is identified as the first experimental psychology lab – … Continue reading

Cognitive Science, Human Experience

3 – Dichotomy versus Duality

Dichotomy A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different. ¬†Either/Or Duality Consisting of two parts, elements, or aspects. Both/And Mind and Matter In Western culture there is a tendency to … Continue reading

Cognitive Science, Human Experience