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Web Searching Model: Integrating Multitasking, Cognitive Coordination and Cognitive Shifts

Jia Du and Amanda Spink

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


Summary

As Web searching becomes more prolific for peoplesí information access worldwide, we need to develop better models of usersí interaction with Web search engines. Web search models are a significant and important area of Web research. Web searching is an important element of information behavior and human computer interaction which includes multitasking processes and the allocation of cognitive resources among several tasks, and shifts in cognitive, problem and knowledge states. In addition to multitasking, cognitive shifting and cognitive coordination are also important but under-explored aspects of Web search and information behavior. Much research has conducted into Web search. However, few studies have modeling the nature of and relationship between multitasking, cognitive coordination and cognitive shifts in the Web search context. The relationship between multitasking, cognitive coordination and cognitive shifts in information behavior and Web search needs to be explored. Our study aims to model the relationship between multitasking, cognitive coordination and cognitive shifts during Web search. Modeling how Web users interact with Web search engines is important for the development of more effective Web based IR systems. This paper outlines dissertation research to develop a Web search model that integrates processes involving multitasking, cognitive coordination and cognitive shifts. Based on previous studies, we present a preliminary conceptual model of Web search interaction incorporating multitasking, cognitive coordination and cognitive shifts. Research questions and research design are also discussed.


  
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