New Directions in Cognitive Information Retrieval

  • Amanda Spink
  • Charles Cole

Part of the The Information Retrieval Series book series (INRE, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. CIR Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Charles Cole, Jamshid Beheshti, John E. Leide, Andrew Large
      Pages 13-41
    3. Birger Larsen, Peter Ingwersen
      Pages 43-60
    4. Ian Ruthven
      Pages 61-80
    5. Nigel Ford
      Pages 81-96
  4. CIR Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Amanda Spink, Charles Cole
      Pages 99-112
    3. Pertti Vakkari, Kalervo Järvelin
      Pages 113-138
    4. Jamshid Beheshti, Leanne Bowler, Andrew Large, Valerie Nesset
      Pages 139-165
  5. CIR Techniques

  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Amanda Spink, Charles Cole
      Pages 229-233
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-250

About this book


New Directions in Cognitive Information Retrieval presents an exciting new direction for research into cognitive oriented information retrieval (IR) research, a direction based on an analysis of the user’s problem situation and cognitive behavior when using the IR system. This contrasts with the current dominant IR research paradigm which concentrates on improving IR system matching performance.

The chapters describe the leading edge concepts and models of cognitive IR that explore the nexus between human cognition, information and the social conditions that drive humans to seek information using IR systems. Chapter topics include: Polyrepresentation, cognitive overlap and the boomerang effect, Multitasking while conducting the search, Knowledge Diagram Visualizations of the topic space to facilitate user assimilation of information, Task, relevance, selection state, knowledge need and knowledge behavior, search training built into the search, children’s collaboration for school projects, and other cognitive perspectives on IR concepts and issues.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Amanda Spink
    • 1
  • Charles Cole
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Information TechnologyQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Graduate School of Library and Information StudiesMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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