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Published: 2010-05-01

The Right Concepts for the Right Problems

Cognitive Science, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems University of Jyväskylä, Finland


The concepts we use, in many ways, influence what we perceive. If a cardiologist
investigating the human heart with an ultrasound device shows us the visuals, it is easy to see
the same movements of pixels on screen that he or she does. We would see how white and
black spots keep flowing in a specific pattern. If the cardiologist points out a white spot as a
blood vessel, we could probably discriminate it easily. Over time, we might be able identify
the regular movement in a white area as one of the valves and the black area reflecting the
blood moving from one chamber to another. We also would see how the numbers along the
side of the screen keep changing. Yet, even with these observations, we would not be able to
make much of a diagnosis.


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How to Cite

Saariluoma, P. (2010). The Right Concepts for the Right Problems. Human Technology, 6(1), 1–3.