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Thinking with Diagrams - Alan F. Blackwell

Thinking with Diagrams

By: Alan F. Blackwell (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th April 2001
ISBN: 9780792369448
Number Of Pages: 150

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This book provides an introductory overview of the rapid growth in interdisciplinary research into Thinking with Diagrams. Diagrammatic representations are becoming more common in everyday human experience, yet they offer unique challenges to cognitive science research. Neither linguistic nor perceptual theories are sufficient to completely explain their advantages and applications. These research challenges may be part of the reason why so many diagrams are badly designed or badly used. This is ironic when the user interfaces of computer software and the worldwide web are becoming so completely dominated by graphical and diagrammatic representations. This book includes chapters commissioned from leading researchers in the major disciplines involved in diagrams research. They review the philosophical status of diagrams, the cognitive processes involved in their application, and a range of specialist fields in which diagrams are central, including education, architectural design and visual programming languages. The result is immediately relevant to researchers in cognitive science and artificial intelligence, as well as in applied technology areas such as human-computer interaction and information design.

About the Authorsp. v
Introduction: Thinking with Diagramsp. 1
The Graphic-Linguistic Distinctionp. 5
Aligning Logical and Psychological Perspectives on Diagrammatic Reasoningp. 29
Diagrammatic Reasoning: An Artificial Intelligence Perspectivep. 63
Cognitive Science Approaches To Understanding Diagrammatic Representationsp. 79
Cognitive Factors in Programming with Diagramsp. 95
Learning to Think and Communicate with Diagrams: 14 Questions to Considerp. 115
Thinking with Diagrams in Architectural Designp. 135
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ISBN: 9780792369448
ISBN-10: 0792369440
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 150
Published: 30th April 2001
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41