How the psychological theory of action identification can offer new advances for research in cognitive engineering

Abstract : We present the psychological theory of action identification as a framework for a more in-depth understanding of a human operator's cognitive activity in the scope of cognitive engineering. A comparison of theoretical models and findings shows that both frameworks are founded on a similar theory of cognitive control based on an ontological viewpoint of means–ends relationships with the proposal that an individual mentally ‘navigates’ or ‘moves’ through a hierarchical arrangement of these relationships. However, whilst cognitive engineering begins the analysis from a viewpoint on affordances coming from the external work domain, the action identification theory starts from a viewpoint on action identities internally attributed to actions by individuals. We show that the conceptual articulation of these two approaches leads to confirming qualitative findings on an agent's cognitive activity and to proposing general cognitive principles that would explain a single agent's mental navigation through the abstraction hierarchy
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Sébastien Meineri, Thierry Morineau. How the psychological theory of action identification can offer new advances for research in cognitive engineering. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, Taylor & Francis, 2013, 15 (5), pp.451-463. ⟨hal-01960668⟩

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