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Modeling the User’s Processing Resources: Pragmatic Simplicity Meets Psychological Complexity

By Anthony Jameson (1997)

In R. Schäfer & M. Bauer (Hrsg.), ABIS-97, Adaptivität und Benutzermodellierung in interaktiven Softwaresystemen (S. 149–160). Saarbrücken: Sonderforschungsbereich 378, Universität des Saarlandes.


A number of methods have been proposed for reasoning about the demands that particular tasks place on a user’s limited cognitive processing resources. On the other hand, the notion of “cognitive resources” has been strongly criticized by psychologists. This paper addresses the question of whether these criticisms are applicable to user modeling. It first introduces and illustrates a framework for reasoning about resource-limited processing. It then considers the main criticisms of psychological resource theories in turn. It argues that these criticisms can be taken into account, with the help of the framework presented here, by designers of on-line user modeling systems.


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BibTeX entry

  year = {1997},
  author = {{Jameson}, Anthony},
  editor = {{Sch\”{a}fer}, Ralph and
            {Bauer}, Mathias},
  title = {Modeling the User’s Processing Resources: Pragmatic Simplicity Meets Psychological Complexity},
  booktitle = {{ABIS-97, Adaptivit\”{a}t und Benutzermodellierung in interaktiven Softwaresystemen} [{ABIS}-97, {A}daptivity and {U}ser {M}odeling in {I}nteractive {S}oftware {S}ystems]},
  address = {Saarbr\”{u}cken, Germany},
  publisher = {Collaborative Research Center 378, University of Saarbr\”{u}cken},
  pages = {149--160}}