Cognitive modeling [M2]

The mind-map was built to describe a bit of the history and development of Human-computer interaction and to address three questions:

  • What were the main classical theories?
  • How did they change the field, what did they enable?
  • What were their limitations?

The task itself was not a hard one. Once you have gone through the history and relation of HCI, interaction design and other fields of science, it becomes clearer on how HCI has become a much wider and larger field than just a part of computer sciences. Now the part when you have to come up with a visualization of connections between the parts, that is when things become interesting.

The map I have devised shows the primary relations  between interaction design and HCI with some view on the underlying theories and frameworks. It also depicts the usage of historical movements to describe certain differences in the approaches of HCI development. I have brought out three main approaches in the classical theories which were the body of knowledge, the application of basic research from other fields and also cognitive modeling.

The map shows an overall view of different theories, factors and models that were incorporated within the approaches. I have also pointed out the limitations of each approach to illustrate their limitations or even reason for downfall.

Känd [M2] Cognitive modeling - What were the main classical theories


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