Human Attention in Digital Environments
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- Editor: Claudia Roda, The American University of Paris, France
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Digital systems, such as phones, computers and PDAs, place continuous demands on our cognitive and perceptual systems. They offer information and interaction opportunities well above our processing abilities, and often interrupt our activity. Appropriate allocation of attention is one of the key factors determining the success of creative activities, learning, collaboration, and many other human pursuits. This book presents research related to human attention in digital environments. Original contributions by leading researchers cover the conceptual framework of research aimed at modelling and supporting human attentional processes, the theoretical and software tools currently available, and various application areas. The authors explore the idea that attention has a key role to play in the design of future technology and discuss how such technology may continue supporting human activity in environments where multiple devices compete for people's limited cognitive resources.Read more
- Addresses the issue of how digital tools can be designed so that, in addition to allowing fast access to information and people, they also support human attentional processes
- A collection of contributions from leaders in the field with each chapter addressing the most recent findings in the specific subject treated
- Will stimulate researchers in neuroscience and psychology to consider the applicative value of their work, and human computer interaction experts to ground their work in theoretical findings
- Extensive reference material will enable further research, and open research areas are highlighted to provide inspiration for future research
Reviews & endorsements
"An illuminating and usually comprehensive contextualisation of attention in the field of computer system design. This book has the potential to change attention researchers’ perspective on what is important in their field."
--Anne Hillstrom, Department of Psychology, University of PortsmouthSee more reviews
"This book offers a timely and well-conceived response to a growing interest in how attention affects computer interaction and the problems this poses for designing systems, making a valuable, well-grounded contribution to this burgeoning area."
--Sharon Wood, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence, University of Sussex
"....This book attempts to bridge the divide between research in cognitive psychology and useful application in human-computer interaction. System designers will find the materials worthwhile.... Many developments are unfolding in applied attention theory, and this collection will stimulate the reader."
--Brad Reid, Computing Reviews Online
"For those developing digital systems, human attention and methods for maximizing human attention are vital. Attention-aware systems are designed to try to overcome attention barriers and increase human attentional processes. Here, editor Roda (American Univ. of Paris, France) has carefully assembled a collection of 12 chapters spanning the fields of human-computer interaction, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. [...] This volume provides an effective overview of the topic, including its theoretical foundations and design considerations. [...] Summing Up: Highly recommended. *** Graduate students and above."
--D. D. Tritt, University of South Carolina Aiken, Choice
"Computers and interactive systems are everywhere – homes, schools, work … This book offers a broad yet focused overview of the psychological concepts of attention. It further points out the key elements that interactive system design needs. The book captures the reader’s attention throughout, with essays, both technical and theoretical, from psychology and computing experts. It starts by revealing the psychological concepts behind human attention, moving gracefully to software tools and applications that employ human attention research to enhance human attention. [...] Furthermore, internet lovers will be intrigued by the introduction of attention aware systems and how they can be used in practice for exploiting contextualized attention metadata. [...] this book provides a nice, neat and enjoyable journey to the fields of Psychology and Human Computer Interaction, and convinces the reader for the need to focus further on human attention research in relation to interactive systems design. "
--Genovefa Kefalidou, Lancaster University, The Psychologist
"Those of us interested in learning many of the latest developments of how information systems interact with users and how that knowledge can help to communicate more effectively should read this book. [...] Human attention in digital environments meets its goals and exceeds my personal expectations. [...]This book is an excellent primer for the uninitiated. It contains extensive bibliographies and exceptionally well documented theories. [...] Human Attention in Digital Environments is a significant contribution towards advancing an understanding of an important area of study and research."
--Journal of Technology in Human Services
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- Date Published: January 2011
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511985515
- contains: 40 b/w illus. 32 colour illus. 7 tables
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Claudia Roda
Part I. Concepts:
2. Human attention and its implications for HCI Claudia Roda
3. The management of visual attention in graphic displays Ronald A. Rensink
4. Cognitive load theory, attentional processes and optimized learning outcomes in a digital environment Renae Low, Putai Jin and John Sweller
5. Salience sensitive control, temporal attention and stimulus-rich reactive interfaces Howard Bowman, Li Su, Brad Wyble and Phil J. Barnard
Part II. Theoretical and Software Tools:
6. Attention-aware intelligent embodied agents Benoit Morel and Laurent Ach
7. Tracking of visual attention and adaptive applications Kari-Jouko Räihä, Aulikki Hyrskykari and Päivi Majaranta
8. Contextualised attention metadata Hans-Christian Schmitz, Martin Wolpers, Uwe Kirschenmann and Katja Niemann
9. Modelling attention within a complete cognitive architecture Georgi Stojanov and Andrea Kulakov
Part III. Applications:
10. A display with two depth layers: attentional segregation and declutter Frank Kooi
11. Attention management for self-regulated learning: AtGentSchool Inge Molenaar, Carla van Boxtel, Peter Sleegers and Claudia Roda
12. Managing attention in the social web: the AtGentNet approach Thierry Nabeth and Nicolas Maisonneuve.
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