Beth Adelson, a cognitive scientist studying insight and discovery phenomena, received her PhD in psychology from Harvard University in 1983. She is currently Associate Professor of Psychology and Computer Sciences at Rutgers University. Dr. Adelson has held positions at MIT and CMU and the National Science Foundation. She is associate editor of Research in Engineering Design, and a reviewer for Cognitive Science, Interacting with Computers, NIH and NSF. She has received numerous research grants and published several dozen scholarly journal articles and book chapters.
Her current research focuses on creative insight in scientific problem-solving and the resolution of conflict. Her conflict resolution research looks at ways in which beneficial solutions can be reached through analyses which participants feel are fair. The work looks at the processes which lead to balancing the needs of self and others; giving help while building stable relationships. Dr. Adelson has served twice on the executive board of ACM's special interest group for Computer-Human Interaction, has co-chaired the CHI and Cognitive Science conferences and is currently Chair of the Franklin Institute's Computer and Cognitive Science Cluster within its Committee on Science and the Arts. Dr. Adelson has a long-term daily meditation practice, which focuses on the Brahma Viharas, the transformative qualities of the heart.
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Adelson, Beth (1993): Theory-Based Negotiation Frameworks for Supporting Group Work. In: Alty, James L., Diaper, Dan, Guest, D. (eds.) Proceedings of the Eighth Conference of the British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Specialist Group - People and Computers VIII August 7-10, 1993, Loughborough University, UK. pp. 353-365.
Adelson, Beth (1992): Evocative Agents and Multi-Media Interface Design. In: Bauersfeld, Penny, Bennett, John, Lynch, Gene (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 92 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference June 3-7, 1992, Monterey, California. pp. 351-356. http://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/chi/142750/p351-adelson/p351-adelson.pdf
Adelson, Beth (1991): A Collaborative Negotiation Tool. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 23 (4) pp. 77.
Adelson, Beth (1985): Comparing Natural and Abstract Categories: A Case Study from Computer Science. In Cognitive Science, 9 (4) pp. 417-430.
Adelson, Beth, Littman, D., Ehrlich, Kate, Black, J., Soloway, Elliot (1984): Novice-Expert Differences in Software Design. In: Shackel, Brian (eds.) INTERACT 84 - 1st IFIP International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction September 4-7, 1984, London, UK. pp. 473-478.
Adelson, Beth, Dumais, Susan, Olson, Judith S. (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 94 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 24-28, 1994, Boston, Massachusetts.
Adelson, Beth (1989): Evaluating and Debugging Analogically Acquired Models. In: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , 1989, . pp. 51-58.
Adelson, Beth (1992): Learning Scientific Inquiry Skills through Real-Life Problem-Solving. In: East-West International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Proceedings of the EWHCI92 , 1992, . pp. 50-56.
Adelson, Beth (1993): Impediments to the Process of Group Work. In: East-West International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Proceedings of the EWHCI93 , 1993, . pp. 191-207.
Adelson, Beth, Dumais, Susan, Olson, Judith S. (eds.) Proceedings of the Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference, CHI 94 April 24-28, 1994, Boston, Massachusetts.