Distributed Cognition, Coordination and Environment Design

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David Kirsh
Sebastiano Bagnara (eds.)
3rd European Conference on Cognitive Science (ECCS'99), pages 1-11
Istituto di Psicologia, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Certosa di Pontignano, Siena, Italy

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.

keywordscoordination, distributed cognition, environment, function of action, interactivity, workflow