We describe an experiment where participants readily add cognitively congenial structures to the world for agents similar to them, but both generation and quality of such structures drop for cognitively different agents. We present a model based on the simulation heuristic to explain the effect, treating generation of external structures as a problem in counterfactual reasoning. The model indicates that for applications like assisted cognition and RFID-based robotics, where users need to add structures to the world, interfaces should support simulation of other agents.

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Keywords assisted cognition, epistemic structure, robotics, RFID, congenial structures, cognition
Publisher Institute of Cognitive Science
Series Cognitive Science Technical Report Series
Chandrasekharan, Sanjay. (2004). Solutions that Change the World Are Not Readily Available. Technical Report 2004-02. Cognitive Science Technical Report Series. Institute of Cognitive Science.