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The explanatory power of Schema Theory: theoretical foundations and future applications in Ergonomics.
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PMID:  23140407     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Schema Theory is intuitively appealing although it has not always received positive press; critics of the approach argue that the concept is too ambiguous and vague and there are inherent difficulties associated with measuring schemata. As such, the term schema can be met with scepticism and wariness. The purpose of this paper is to address the criticisms that have been levelled at Schema Theory by demonstrating how Schema Theory has been utilised in Ergonomics research, particularly in the key areas of situation awareness, naturalistic decision making and error. The future of Schema Theory is also discussed in light of its potential roles as a unifying theory in Ergonomics and in contributing to our understanding of distributed cognition. We conclude that Schema Theory has made a positive contribution to Ergonomics and with continued refinement of methods to infer and represent schemata it is likely that this trend will continue. Practitioner Summary: This paper reviews the contribution that Schema Theory has made to Ergonomics research. The criticisms of the theory are addressed using examples from the areas of situation awareness, decision making and error.
Katherine L Plant; Neville A Stanton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ergonomics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1366-5847     ISO Abbreviation:  Ergonomics     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0373220     Medline TA:  Ergonomics     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
a Transportation Research Group, Faculty of Engineering and Environment , University of Southampton , Southampton , UK.
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