PsychNology Journal, Volume 7, Number 1, 113 - 131

What could abductive reasoning contribute to human computer interaction? A technology domestication view

Erkki Patokorpi
IAMSR/Åbo Akademi University, Finland

 

ABSTRACT

In recent decades, non-monotonous, informal patterns of reasoning have awakened a renewed interest among psychologists, economists and educationalists. Computer scientists and information systems professionals could also benefit from getting better acquainted with new research on how people think and act in the real world. The purpose of the paper is not to make an empirical contribution but to present a general argument in favour of a psychological approach to logic and its application to Human Computer Interaction (HCI), focusing especially on abduction. Abduction is a form of everyday reasoning that people typically use under uncertainty in a context. Abduction may help us better understand the epistemic conditions of advanced HCI – which increasingly takes place in authentic surroundings instead of in a laboratory-like setting – thus contributing to better research and design. HCI design should enhance our natural capacities and behaviour, which at the same time could mean creating new freedoms in the structures of everyday life.

 

KEYWORDS

abduction, practical reasoning, informal reasoning, logic of discovery, information systems methodology, human-computer interaction, technology design.


CITE AS

Patokorpi, E. (2009). What could abductive reasoning contribute to human computer interaction? A technology domestication view. PsychNology Journal, 7(1), 113 – 131. Retrieved [month] [day], [year], from www.psychnology.org.

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