Rapid prototyping is an area in which cognitive modeling is not frequently used. We examine some of the reasons behind this and argue that cognitive modeling could play an important role. Specifically we argue that usability testing could be improved by testing simulated users. We review the benefits that this methodology could offer and discuss one approach to building a simulated user using ACT-R to embody a GOMS-like memory structure.

rapid prototyping, cognitive modeling, usability testing, ACT-R, GOMS
Cognitive Science Technical Report Series
Department of Cognitive Science

West, R, & Emond, Bruno. (2002). Can Cognitive Modeling Improve Rapid Prototyping? Technical Report 2002-05. Cognitive Science Technical Report Series.