The airspace as a cognitive system

Gavan Lintern

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The theme for this special issue, the airspace as a cognitive system, stimulates these questions: What is a cognitive system and in what sense can we characterize the airspace as a cognitive system? I discuss these questions by reviewing ideas promoted in discussions of distributed cognition. I conclude that this notion of the airspace as a cognitive system offers considerable leverage for addressing the anticipated design challenges in airspace systems but that we need to avoid the distortions engendered by the pervasive techno-centric emphasis in systems design in favor of a human-focused emphasis that will aid development of robust and effective systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-15
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Aviation Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

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