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Constructing the Subject

Alex Kirlik

in Human-Tech

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199765140
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863358 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765140.003.0007

Series: Human Technology Interaction Series

Constructing the Subject

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This chapter presents the reprinted article “Operator monitoring in a complex, dynamic work environment: a qualitative cognitive model based on field observations” by Kim J. Vicente, Randall J. Mumaw, and Emilie M. Roth. The chapter presents a qualitative cognitive model of a nuclear power plant operator's monitoring activities. The final word in the previous sentence is key: one of the most important findings was that monitoring a power plant is anything but passive. Instead, via extensive field observations, Vicente and his colleagues found that the operator engages in a rich set of activities, displaying a diverse cognitive and behavioral repertoire.

Keywords: operator monitoring; cognitive model; human cognition; power plant operator

Chapter.  15562 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Engineering (General)

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