Cognitive modeling is a computational model that hinges upon psychological notions, demonstrating how people go about problem-solving and performing tasks.
Cognitive modeling can be outlined simply on paper or may be developed on a more complicated system such as a computer program. However, the purpose remains the same: to predict users’ behavior with regard to the tasks. The behaviors of particular concern address: the amount of time it takes to complete certain tasks, the menu items and buttons the users may click, as well as the corresponding errors that are bound to occur.
The most common modeling methods are ACT-R, Epic, GOMS and Soar.
Literature on Cognitive Modeling
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