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Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
People generally make decisions using two ways of thinking: They think consciously, deliberate for a while, and try to use logic to figure out what action to take — referred to as analytical cognition. Or people unconsciously recognize patterns in certain situations, get a “gut feeling,” and take action based on that feeling; in other words, they use intuitive cognition. In his February Human Factors paper, “Intuitive Cognition and Models of Human-Automation Interaction,” Robert Earl Patterson found that current taxonomies used to classify systems or teams of humans and computers include only conscious, deliberation-type thinking and neglect the role of intuitive cognition.
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