HCI International 2011

9-14 July 2011, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida, USA

T06: Extreme Cognition in Human Computer Interaction – Foundations & Applications

Half Day Tutorial

Dr. Gisela Susanne Bahr (short bio)
Experimental Psychology - Cognition, Florida Institute of Technology, USA


By experiencing and interacting with the best of 150 years of empirical research in cognitive sciences, the attendees will acquire core knowledge of human cognition that is instrumental to solving contemporary and future challenges in HCI.


The tutorial will be broken down into 10 building blocks that are enhanced with activities and interactions:

  1. Cognition Core concepts,
  2. Methods and Measures Foundations,
  3. Seminal Studies,
  4. Modern Cognition Hostile Environments,
  5. What is Information Overload ?,
  6. Cognition at work: Creativity and Problem solving,
  7. The changing brain – nature vs. HCI nurture,
  8. "Sabotage your interface" project,
  9. Presentation and evaluation of the cognitively hostile interfaces and comparison to commercial solutions,
  10. Wrap up and lessons learnt.

Target Audience:

All stakeholder in HCI who wish to makes sense of the H in HCI.

Bio Sketch of Presenter:

Dr. Gisela Susanne Bahr enjoyed a successful career in television news and multi media production before she earned her PhD in experimental psychology specializing in human cognition from Texas Christian University in 2002. She worked closely with Donald F. Dansereau, Ph.D., who is internationally recognized for his seminal contributions to the fields of applied cognition and knowledge visualization. From 2003 - 2006, Dr. Bahr served in the U.S. Navy as a uniformed scientist with the designation of Aerospace Experimental Psychologist. During her service she led the Human Systems Integration of the PMA 205 Common Distributed Mission Training Station (CDMTS) and supported DARPA program directors based on her expertise in multivariate statistics and experimental methodology. Currently, Dr. Bahr holds a faculty appointment at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, where she continues her work in Human Computer Interface research and design. Dr Bahr's applied experimental research specializes in cognitive tools development and perception afforded cognition in human computer interaction. She is the director of the Cognition Applied Research Lab (CARL) at Florida Tech and serving as the Executive Centre Head of the Collaborative International Research Centre for Universal Access at the University of Middlesex, London, UK.
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