Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Reaction : Distributed Cognition as a Theoretical Framework for Information Visualization

This paper mainly focuses distributed cognition framework can be used to
substantiate the theoretical foundation of InfoVis. The author tries not be arcane by providing a lot of analogies and examples, he quotes brief history of time, butterfly example,tower of hanoi and even touches greek phisolophy and its philosophers like aristotle. At times where is attempting to simplify and articulate his views by using analogies and examples, at times they are digressing.
The conclusion although again starts with history and lessons to be learnt from it , is the best section. It gives a good summary of how the field is new and would require time to establish the theories. InfoVis is closely related to Human perception and cognition. The also argues that DCog provides a more useful framework in representation and interaction which the tradi-
tional cognitive science framework do not in comparison.