Cognition Is Not What It Used To Be:
Reconsidering Usability from an Embodied Embedded Cognition Perspective
Embodied embedded cognition (EEC) has gained support in cognitive
science as well as in human–computer interaction (HCI). EEC can be characterized
both by its action-centeredness as well as its roots in phenomenology. The
phenomenological aspects of EEC could be seen as support for trends in design
emphasizing the user experience. Meanwhile, usability issues often are still
approached using traditional methods based on cognitivist assumptions. In this
paper, I argue for a renewed focus on improving usability from an EEC perspective.
I draw mainly on a behavior-oriented interpretation of the theory, the key aspects of
which are reviewed. A tentative sketch for an embodied embedded usability is
proposed, doing justice to the embodied embedded nature of interaction while
retaining the goal of developing technology that is easy to use in everyday practice.
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