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Distributed Cognition, Coordination and Environment Design

David Kirsh
The type of principles which cognitive engineers need to design better work environments are principles which explain interactivity and distributed cognition: how human agents interact with themselves and others, their work spaces, and the resources and constraints that populate those spaces. A first step in developing these principles is to clarify the fundamental concepts of environment, coordination, and behavioural function. Using simple examples, I review changes the distributed perspective forces on these basic notions.
Keywords: coordination, distributed cognition, environment, function of action, interactivity, workflow
3rd European Conference on Cognitive Science (ECCS'99), pages 1-11, 1999.
Sebastiano Bagnara (eds.), Istituto di Psicologia, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Certosa di Pontignano, Siena, Italy
@inproceedings{kirsh-distributedcognition99,
	Address = {Certosa di Pontignano, Siena, Italy},
	Author = {Kirsh, David},
	Booktitle = {3rd European Conference on Cognitive Science (ECCS'99)},
	Editor = {Bagnara, Sebastiano},
	Keywords = {coordination, distributed cognition, environment, function of action, interactivity, workflow},
	Pages = {1--11},
	Publisher = {Istituto di Psicologia, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche},
	Title = {Distributed Cognition, Coordination and Environment Design},
	Year = 1999}