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From Technical and Non-technical Skills to Hybrid Minds: Reconceptualizing Cognition and Learning in Semi-automated Environments

Chapter in book
Authors Charlott Sellberg
Martin Viktorelius
Published in In: Nazir S., Ahram T., Karwowski W. (eds) Advances in Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences. AHFE 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1211. Springer, Cham
Pages 191-197
ISBN 978-3030508951
Publisher Springer
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Pages 191-197
Language en
Keywords Maritime Human Factors; Simulator Training; Cognition and Learning; Theoretical Approaches; Research Methods;
Subject categories Educational Sciences, Other Engineering and Technologies


The aim of this study is to review and compare theories and methods for studying cognition and learning in simulator-based maritime training, preparing students for work in socio-technical systems on ships that are rapidly becoming increasingly autonomous. A comparison of studies that draw on classic cognitivist theories with situated and socio-cultural theories on cognition and learning is conducted. The findings reveal tensions between different research ontologies, pointing towards the need to re-consider the dualistic view on human relations with technology underlying the technical and non-technical skills taxonomy. Instead, the notion of a hybrid mind is introduced to maritime human factors. A hybrid mind is both relying on and is shaped by its embeddedness in increasingly complex and powerful cognitive habits and technical systems. Hence, the concept serves as a compelling tool to explain how increased levels of automation continuously change both cognitive practices and capacities of humans at work.

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