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Post-completion errors in problem solving
Proceedings: XXVII annual conference of the congnitive science society July 21-23 Stresa, Italy
  • Yau Wai, Simon LI, UCLIC, UCL Interaction Centre
  • Ann BLANDFORD, UCLIC, UCL Interaction Centre
  • Paul CAIRNS, UCLIC, UCL Interaction Centre
  • Richard M. YOUNG, UCLIC, UCL Interaction Centre
Document Type
Book chapter
Publication Date
1-1-2005
Publisher
Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
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Abstract
A post-completion error is a specific form of omission error occurring after some task goal has been accomplished – for example, forgetting to collect your original after photocopying. Using a novel experimental paradigm, this study demonstrates the cognitive robustness of post-completion error: that it occurs not only in routine procedural tasks but also in problem-solving situations. The effect of a simple static visual cue to mitigate the error was also assessed by testing two different interfaces through which users engaged in problem-solving. The findings suggest that even a simple static cue can reduce the error rate, though not eliminate it.
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Additional Information
ISBN of the source publication: 0976831813
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Citation Information
Li, S. Y. W., Blandford, A., Cairns, P., & Young, R. M. (2005). Post-completion errors in problem solving. In B. G. Bara, L. Barsalou & M. Bucciarelli (Eds.), Proceedings: XXVII annual conference of the congnitive science society July 21-23 Stresa, Italy. Retrieved from http://csjarchive.cogsci.rpi.edu/proceedings/2005/docs/p1278.pdf