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Understanding Users

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Below is additional material associated with the topics covered in chapter 3.

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Cognitive Psychology and Design

A good article written by Jason Withrow on the contribution cognitive psychology, especially visual perception, can make to interaction design (particularly interface design) can be found at:
http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/cognitive_psychology_ia_from_theory_to_practice

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Histroy of Graphic Design

A paper by Patrick J. Lynch, entitled, "Visual design for the user interface" provides a history of graphical design and some psychological theories that have shaped it. Can be found at http://www.unimelb.edu.au/public/www-style-manual/GUI.P1.HTML
Published originally in 1994, Journal of Biocommunications, 21(1):22-30

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Memory

You can download the paper by George Miller, called "The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information" at http://www.musanim.com/miller1956/
Originally published in The Psychological Review, 1956, vol. 63, pp. 81-97.

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Cognitive Theories and HCI

An extensive critique of the role of cognitive theory in HCI is:
Rogers, Y. (2004) New Theoretical approaches for Human-Computer Interaction. Annual Review of Information, Science and Technology, 38, 87-143.
It can be found at the ARIST publisher’s website and also at Yvonne Rogers website.

An extensive set of introductory papers covering a diversity of theoretical approaches (including Activity Theory, Distributed Cognition, External Cognition, Cognitive Ergonomics, Ethnomethodology, Coordination Theory, Organisational Theory and Computer Science theories) can also be found at http://www.irit.fr/ACTIVITES/GRIC/cotcos/

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GOMS

To find out more about GOMS and the MHP visit the Usability First page at http://www.usabilityfirst.com/methods/goms.txl
Also google David Kieras's and Bonnie John’s home pages which detail their latest research using newer variants of GOMS.

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Mental Models

There is lots of material on mental models on the web. A good introduction by Ruth Byrne (a cognitive psychologist) can be found at http://www.tcd.ie/Psychology/Ruth_Byrne/mental_models/

An article by Scott McDaniel “Whats your idea of a mental model?” can be found at:
http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/whats_your_idea_of_a_mental_model_

A podcast of a talk by Stephen Payne given in 2006 on mental models can be found at http://www.namahn.com/resources/talks.htm

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Distributed Cognition

Start by having a look at the introduction to distributed cognition by Yvonne Rogers (2005) that can be downloaded from her publications homepage.

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Cognitive Disabilities

We cover mainly cognitive abilities in the textbook. For more on cognitive disabilities see http://ncdae.org/tools/cognitive/
Heather Mariger writes about the problems and challenges facing millions of web users who suffer from various cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimers, and provides a set of design recommendations for web design.