PsychNology Journal, Volume 3, Number 2, 118-148

A Review of How Space Affords Socio-Cognitive Processes during Collaboration

Nicolas Nova
CRAFT, School of Computer and Communication SciencesEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (SWITZERLAND)

 

ABSTRACT

This paper reviews the literature about social and cognitive functions of spatial features used when collaborating in both physical and virtual settings. Those concepts come from various fields like social, cognitive as well as environmental psychology or CSCW (Computer Supported Collaborative Work). We briefly summarize the social and cognitive affordances of spatial features like distance, proxemics, co-presence, visibility or activity in the context of physical and virtual space. This review aims at grounding in an explicit framework the way human beings use space to support social interactions. This review can be used as a starting point to design efficient applications that take spatial context into account.

 

KEYWORDS

HCI, CSCW, collaboration, spatial features, space affordances. .

 

CITE AS

Nova N. (2005). A Review of How Space Affords Socio-Cognitive Processes during Collaboration, PsychNology Journal, 3(2), 118-148. Retrieved [month] [day], [year], from www.psychnology.org.

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