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    Cognition and Tool Use Forms of Engagement in Human and Animal Use of Tools

    ISBN-10: 0415277280
    ISBN-13: 9780415277280
    Author(s): Christopher Baber
    Description: Analyzing tool use as a psychomotor activity, Cognition and Tool Use presents a coherent account of both successful and unsuccessful efforts to design and develop usable tools. It includes an exploration of tool use by primates and other animals,  More...
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    Publisher: CRC Press LLC
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 186
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 0.946
    Language: English

    Analyzing tool use as a psychomotor activity, Cognition and Tool Use presents a coherent account of both successful and unsuccessful efforts to design and develop usable tools. It includes an exploration of tool use by primates and other animals, and contrasts primate tool use with that of young children. It considers design ergonomics, and the various meanings ascribed to tools, discusses contemporary tool use, as well as future developments in human-computer interfaces, such as haptic virtual reality and tangible user interfaces. Compiling research from archaeology and anthropology to psychology and ergonomics, this volume provides the most complete reference available on this subject.

    Christopher Baber is a leading specialist in the field of human computer interaction. In his books Interactive Speech Technology: Human Factors Issues in the Application of Speech Input/Output to Computers and Beyond the Desktop: Designing and Using Interactive Devices, he explores the past work and the future of between humans and computers and technology. Computer Production of synthetic speech, computer recognition of human speech, and other aspects of this field are explored. Baber is a lecturer in industrial ergonomics at the School of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He received his B.A. from Keele University and his Ph.D. from Aston University, both in the United Kingdom.

    List of figures
    List of tables
    What is a tool?
    Tools as 'augmentation means'
    Everyday cognition
    Forms of engagement
    The structure of the book
    How animals use tools
    Tool use by insects, crustaceans and fish
    Tool use by birds
    Tool use by mammals
    Motor engagement: preadaptive or goal-directed?
    Tool use by primates and young children
    Tool use by chimpanzees in the wild
    Tool use by primates in the wild
    Tool use by primates in captivity
    Primate and human infant development
    Cultural engagement
    The making of tools
    Making stone tools
    Studies of primates working stone
    Types of stone tools
    Cultural engagement
    Working with tools
    Tacit knowledge
    Forms of engagement
    The design of tools
    Anthropometry of the human hand
    Properties of tools
    Using tools: posture, balance and activity
    Basic principles of tool design
    The semantics of tools
    Product semantics
    Signifying form
    Signifying function
    Signifying operation
    Tools as 'objects to think with'
    Cultural significations
    Physical tools/cognitive tools
    How tool use breaks down
    Human error
    Accidents and injuries when using tools
    Tool use and motor impairment
    Cognitive artefacts
    Artefacts and human performance
    Activity flow
    Tools as cognitive artefacts
    Tools in the twenty-first century
    Divisions of labour/allocation of function
    Virtual tools
    Real objects in virtual spaces
    Towards a theory of tool use
    Environmental and morphological engagement: types of affordance
    Motor engagement: task-specific devices
    Perceptual engagement: interpreting feedback
    Cognitive engagement: cognitive schema
    Cultural engagement: representing activity
    Forms of engagement
    Contrasting animal with human tool-use
    Developing a theory of tool use
    Relating schema to forms of engagement
    Influencing design
    Name index
    Subject index

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