The effects of cognitive load on decision aid users

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Abstract

This study employs multiple measures of schema acquisition and analyzes subjects' problem-solving error patterns in order to investigate schema acquisition by decision aid users. Results of both the error analysis and multiple schema acquisition measures indicate that: (1) problems of ordered complexity can effectively capture differences in schema acquisition of decision aid users; and (2) problem solvers rely on incorrect simple schemata to solve problems when they have not acquired the complex schemata necessary to solve a problem. The results also provide additional support for prior findings that problem-solving schemata are acquired in a linear order flowing from computationally simple problems to more complex problems, and that cognitive load interferes with the acquisition of schemata from decision aids.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Accounting Behavioral Research
EditorsVicky Arnold
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Pages115-140
Number of pages26
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781849501699
ISBN (Print)0762309539, 9780762309535
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Publication series

NameAdvances in Accounting Behavioral Research
Volume5
ISSN (Print)1475-1488

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