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According to the soft constraints hypothesis (SCH), when engaging in an interactive task, behavior could be broken down into selection between perceptual-motor and cognitive components. This approach holds that effort (measured in the time cost to perform each routine) guides selection, where quicker routines are more likely to be selected regardless of their origin (i.e., perceptual-motor or cognitive). This study examined the influence of SCH on a novel aspect of the task; the workspace area, where information was to be inputted. Study results support the idea that workspace availability influences the cost-benefit tradeoff driving soft constraints, and that the nature of that influence is guided by the role of the workspace area.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Includes bibliographical references.
Neil Charness, Professor Directing Thesis; Walter R. Boot, Committee Member; Joyce Ehrlinger, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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