Nonlaboratory Techniques for the Study of Cognitive and Decision-Making Processes: A Description and Selected Bibliography
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This technical report describes nonlaboratory research methods that can be adapted to examine covert cognitive and decision-making processes underlying the performance of a task. These techniques generally can be applied in the natural task setting with a minimum of interference and disruption of task performance. Summarized are nine methods classified under three main categories process-tracing methods, applied research methods, and field research methods. In addition to a full description of each method, major references and selected annotations are included. While most of these methods traditionally have not been used to study cognition, suggestions for their adaptation to cognitive applications are provided.