The adaptability of physiological systems optimizes performance: new directions in augmentation

Alicea, Bradly
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This paper contributes to the human-machine interface community in two ways: as a critique of the closed-loop AC (augmented cognition) approach, and as a way to introduce concepts from complex systems and systems physiology into the field. Of particular relevance is a comparison of the inverted-U (or Gaussian) model of optimal performance and multidimensional fitness landscape model. Hypothetical examples will be given from human physiology and learning and memory. In particular, a four-step model will be introduced that is proposed as a better means to characterize multivariate systems during behavioral processes with complex dynamics such as learning. Finally, the alternate approach presented herein is considered as a preferable design alternate in human-machine systems. It is within this context that future directions are discussed.
Comment: 12 pages, 7 figures, 1 table (review, theoretical overview paper)
Computer Science - Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science - Neural and Evolutionary Computing