Summary: COGNITIVE SCIENCE Vol22 (1) 1998, pp. 53-105 ISSN 0364-0213
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RICHARD ALTERMAN, ROLAND ZITO-WOLF AND
This paper begins with a discussion of two features of the everyday task envi-
ronment. First, the everyday task environment is designed, and an important
part of the design is the provision of explicit information to guide the individual
in the adaptation of his activity. Second, some task environments are semi-
permanent. These two features of the task environment reveal some important
characteristics in the psychology of the individual. When novelty occurs,
expansion in the range of behavior of the individual is guided by a process of
internalization of information provided in the task environment by another.
Because of the semi-permanence of home task environments, there is pay-off
in organizing behavior in terms of the particulars of those environments. The
body of this paper examines these ideas from the perspective of FLOABN.
FLOABN is a computational cognitive model of an individual acquiring skill at
using household and office devices.