Technology is developing rapidly. It is an essential part of how we live our daily lives–in a mental and physical sense, and in professional and personal environments. Cybercognition explores the ideas of technology addiction, brain training, and much more. This text provides readers with a guide to understanding concepts related to the online world. It answers important questions: • What is the impact of digital technology on our learning, memory, attention, problem-solving, and decision making? • If we continue to use digital technology on a large scale, can it change the way we think? • Can human cognition keep up with technology? Suitable for students on Cyberpsychology and Cognitive Psychology courses at all levels, as well as anyone with an inquiring mind.
Chapter 10: Search Strategies and Heuristics
Search Strategies and Heuristics
Learning Aims and Objectives
- To explore the key ways in which we navigate through cyberspace when searching for information;
- to understand how things such as physical presentation of information affect the way in which we search for information;
- to highlight instances where the framing of the question that acts as the starting point for searching can actually influence the search process;
- to describe the use of ‘stop strategies’ used as mechanisms preventing us from spending excessive time searching for information online.
The Internet offers us a plethora of opportunities to search for information on what could be a potentially limitless number of topics. In some instances we are directed to search for specific information (goal-directed), such as the time a particular shop ...