Human Factors Special Issue

Just a quick note that Computers in Human Behavior released a special issue on human factors in networked computing. There are some interesting articles in it, including:

Gloria Yi-Ming Kao, Pei-Lan Lei and Chuen-Tsai Sun

“Web searches entail complex cognitive processes influenced by individual differences, and users with similar cognitive or skill factors tend to develop multiple search strategies. The authors analyze such strategies in terms of level of thinking style (global versus local), search targets, and six search behavior indicators and report (a) a significant relationship between different thinking style levels and individual search target types and (b) that different thinking style level conditions can cause significant differences in search behavior performance regarding maximum depth of exploration, revisited pages, and Web pages visited for refining answers…”

Abdolhossein Sarrafzadeh, Samuel Alexander, Farhad Dadgostar, Chao Fan and Abbas Bigdeli

“Many software systems would significantly improve performance if they could adapt to the emotional state of the user, for example if Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs), ATM’s, ticketing machines could recognise when users were confused, frustrated or angry they could guide the user back to remedial help systems so improving the service. Many researchers now feel strongly that ITSs would be significantly enhanced if computers could adapt to the emotions of students. This idea has spawned the developing field of affective tutoring systems (ATSs)….”

Enjoy your summer reading!