Context: The abstract term for the concrete
2016 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
This thesis deals with the term 'context' and the aim has been to reason about the term in order to see whether it is possible to reach a satisfactory understanding of the concept. But the thesis is also a journey into human reasoning and conveys a certain view of human cognition. It aims to synthesise results of studies within psychology, cognitive science, anthropology, and human-computer interaction. My understanding is that context is not something we are a part of, but rather something we create mentally in relation a specific goal. Determination of something ambiguous thus comes from top-down processes related to a goal. I believe context has been wrongly interpreted in HCI as that which a user is situated in and which a product is being used in. I suggest instead a separation between the user environment and the user context.
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Uppsala University, 2016.
Information technology licentiate theses: Licentiate theses from the Department of Information Technology, ISSN 1404-5117 ; 2016-006
Human Computer Interaction
Research subject Computer Science with specialization in Human-Computer Interaction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-292806OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-292806DiVA: diva2:926696
Jansson, Anders, Professor
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