Monday, September 12, 2011

Reaction: Distributed Cognition as a Theoretical Framework for Information Visualization

The paper brings in a new idea in distributed cognition. The distributed cognition framework is based on the idea that tools amplify cognition. Authors believe that a lot of attention is conventionally given to human perception but they would like to consider the representation of the info to be equally or of greater importance. Based on the distributed cognition framework the authors have to tried to explain some of the examples they have quoted. The paper even though aims to solve generic problems the explanations dont seem to solve generic set of examples. They seemed to be tailored to the examples discussed.

The paper was in general a little difficult to grasp as this might need some background in cognitive frameworks and some knowledge of traditional approaches to cognition would be required too. It is still an interesting read as it opens up a new perspective and a new approach to explain the observations.