Credibility of Stories about Design History

Sergio E. Chaigneau, Cristián Coo, Vicente Soto

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Abstract

There is evidence that a story about design history is credible to the extent that it coheres with object affordances. Results that support this theory were generally obtained with artificial materials learned in laboratory experiments. In the current experiment, we extend these findings to real artifacts that occur naturally outside the laboratory. We presented participants of different levels of expertise, with real artifacts that cohered to different degrees with a proposed design history, and participants rated either the artifacts’ efficiency for the proposed design history function, or the credibility of the received story about their design history. Our results showed that coherent design histories are more credible, that expertise increases the ability to judge efficiency (not surprisingly), but that expertise does not affect the ability to judge credibility to the same extent that it affects efficiency. A post hoc explanation is offered for this interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExpanding the Space of Cognitive Science - Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2011
EditorsLaura Carlson, Christoph Hoelscher, Thomas F. Shipley
PublisherThe Cognitive Science Society
Pages620-624
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780976831877
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Expanding the Space of Cognitive Science, CogSci 2011 - Boston, United States
Duration: 20 Jul 201123 Jul 2011

Publication series

NameExpanding the Space of Cognitive Science - Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2011

Conference

Conference33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Expanding the Space of Cognitive Science, CogSci 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston
Period20/07/1123/07/11

Keywords

  • Artifact kinds
  • coherence
  • design history
  • explanation

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