Measuring the relationships of task and cognitive style factors and their effects on individual decision-making effectiveness using a geographic information system


This study investigated how two individual cognitive style factors, field dependence and need for cognition, relate to decision-making performance for a spatial task, with the intent of establishing a methodology for measuring cognitive fit for such spatial tasks. A laboratory experiment was designed and carried out to test 142 subjects' performance on a site location task where the problem complexity and availability of a geographic information system were each manipulated on two levels. Significant relationships were found for both field dependence and need for cognition to the two dependent performance variables, solution time and error rate. Related additional research is currently being carried out, and plans for additional studies are outlined.


Computer Information Technology and Cybersecurity

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Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences