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Biography

Research and Scholarship

Research interests:

My main research interests lie in the area of cognitive modelling, specifically in attempting to understand the complex interaction between cognitive, perceptual and motor processes in reasoning and problem solving with external representations of information such as diagrams, computer interfaces and maps.

My primary research activity over the last few years has been the development of a theoretical account of diagrammatic reasoning with Cartesian (x-y co-ordinate) graphs and other diagrams. The methodology I employ involves combining high-density temporal data (e.g., eye movements, verbal protocols and motor interactions) with performance data to obtain a fine grained image of the user's interaction with the diagram throughout the entire course of the problem solving task. I use the ACT-R cognitive architecture to develop computational models of diagrammatic reasoning tasks as it incorporates mechanisms for cognition, perception and motor control, enabling the simulation of visual attention on diagram elements and manual interactions with the computer.

Using ACT-R, I have produced cognitive models of several graph-based reasoning tasks that provide a detailed specification of the graph user's knowledge, problem solving strategies and the complex interactions between the internal and external representations that occur during the performance of the task. These models have also been successful in providing accurate accounts of the observed eye movement and RT data.

I have recently completed a three-year research project funded by Ordnance Survey, Britain's national mapping agency, seeking to understand the cognitive processes involved in orientation tasks in urban environments with OS maps.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Cooper, R. and Peebles, D. (2017) ‘On the Relation Between Marr's Levels: A Response to Blokpoel (2017)Topics in Cognitive Science . ISSN 1756-8757

Ward, P., Hoffman, R., Conway, G., Schraagen, J., Peebles, D., Hutton, R. and Petushek, E. (2017) ‘Editorial: Macrocognition: The Science and Engineering of Sociotechnical Work SystemsFrontiers in Psychology , 8. ISSN 1664-1078

Peebles, D. and McCluskey, T. (2017) Autonomous agents Unpublished (Unpublished)

2016

Peebles, D (2016) ‘Two methods for search and optimising cognitive model parameters’. In: Proceedings of ICCM 2016 : 14th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling. : ICCM. pp. 234-235. ISBN 9780998508207

2015

Peebles, D. and Cooper, R. (2015) ‘Thirty years after Marr’s Vision: Levels of analysis in Cognitive ScienceTopics in Cognitive Science , 7 (2), pp. 187-190. ISSN 1756-8765

Peebles, D. and Ali, N. (2015) ‘Expert interpretation of bar and line graphs: The role of graphicacy in reducing the effect of graph format.Frontiers in Psychology , 6 (1673). ISSN 1664-1078

Cooper, R. and Peebles, D. (2015) ‘Beyond Single-Level Accounts: The Role of Cognitive Architectures in Cognitive Scientific ExplanationTopics in Cognitive Science , 7 (2), pp. 243-258. ISSN 1756-8765

2014

Peebles, D. and Jones, C. (2014) ‘A model of object location memory’. In: 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 23 - 26 July 2014, Quebec City, Canada

Peebles, D. and Ramduny-Ellis, D. (2014) Computational modelling of human performance with unmanned autonomous systems using the ACT-R cognitive architecture. Unpublished (Unpublished)

2013

Peebles, D (2013) ‘Strategy and pattern recognition in expert comprehension of 2 × 2 interaction graphsCognitive Systems Research , 24, pp. 43-51. ISSN 1389-0417

Ali, N. and Peebles, D. (2013) ‘Reactivity effects of concurrent verbalisation during a graph comprehension task’. In: Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. : Cognitive Science Society. pp. 1720-1725. ISBN 978-0-9768318-9-1

Ali, N. and Peebles, D. (2013) ‘The Effect of Gestalt Laws of Perceptual Organization on the Comprehension of Three-Variable Bar and Line GraphsHuman Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society , 55 (1), pp. 183-203. ISSN 0018-7208

Ali, N. and Peebles, D. (2013) ‘The Effect of Gestalt Laws of Perceptual Organization on the Comprehension of Three-Variable Bar and Line GraphsHuman Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society , 55 (1), pp. 183-203. ISSN 0018-7208

2012

Bonner, J., Ramduny-Ellis, D. and Peebles, D. (2012) ‘Making audience experiences more meaningful and emotionally engaging through mixed visual and audio media.’. In: EVA London 2012, 10th - 12th July 2012, London, UK

Bonner, J., Ramduny-Ellis, D. and Peebles, D. (2012) ‘Making audience experiences more meaningful and emotionally engaging through mixed visual and audio media’. In: EVA London 2012 Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, 10-12 July 2012, BCS London 5 Southhampton St London , pp. 119-126

Peebles, D (2012) ‘A cognitive architecture-based model of graph comprehension’. In: 11th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, April 13-15, 2012, Berlin, Germany , pp. 37-42

2011

Ali, N. and Peebles, D. (2011) ‘The different effects of thinking aloud and writing on graph comprehension’. In: CogSci 2011 Proceedings. : Cognitive Science Society. pp. 3143-3148. ISBN 9780976831877

Peebles, D., Cooper, R. and Howes, A. (2011) ‘EditorialCognitive Systems Research , 12 (2), p. 83. ISSN 1389-0417

2010

Davies, C. and Peebles, D. (2010) ‘Spaces or scenes: Map-based orientation in urban environmentsSpatial Cognition and Computation: An Interdisciplinary Journal , 10 (2 & 3), pp. 135-156. ISSN 1387-5868

Peebles, D. and Banks, A. (2010) ‘Modelling dynamic decision making with the ACT-R cognitive architectureJournal of Artificial General Intelligence , 2 (2), pp. 52-68. ISSN 1946-0163

Ali, A., Ingleby, M. and Peebles, D. (2010) ‘Anglophone perceptions of Arabic syllable structure’. In: Handbook of the Syllable. Leiden, The Netherlands.: Brill. pp. 329-349. ISBN 978-90-04-18740-5

2009

Peebles, D. and Ali, N. (2009) ‘Differences in comprehensibility between three-variable bar and line graphs’. In: Proceedings of the thirty-first annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society. : Cognitive Science Society. pp. 2938-2943. ISBN 9780976831853

2008

Cox, A. and Peebles, D. (2008) ‘Cognitive Modelling in HCI Research’. In: Research Methods for Human Computer Interaction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 70-87. ISBN 9780521690317

Peebles, D (2008) ‘The effect of emergent features on judgments of quantity in configural and separable displaysJournal of Experimental Psychology: Applied , 14 (12), pp. 85-100. ISSN 1076-898X

2007

Davies, C. and Peebles, D. (2007) ‘Strategies for orentation: the role of 3D landmark salience and map alignmentProceedings of The 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society , pp. 923-928. ISSN 0-9768318-3-X

Ropar, D. and Peebles, D. (2007) ‘Sorting Preference in Children with Autism: The Dominance of Concrete FeaturesJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , 37 (2), pp. 270-280. ISSN 01623257

Peebles, D., Davies, C. and Rodrigo, M. (2007) ‘Effects of Geometry, Landmarks and Orientation Strategies in the ‘Drop-Off’ Orientation Task’. In: Spatial Information Theory. London, UK: Springer. pp. 390-405. ISBN 978-3-540-74786-4

2006

Davies, C., Mora, R. and Peebles, D. (2006) ‘Isovists for orientation: can space syntax help us predict directional confusion?’. In: Space Syntax and Spatial Cognition Workshop, Sunday 24th September 2006, Bremen, Germany

2004

Peebles, D. and Bothell, D. (2004) ‘Modelling performance in the sustained attention to response task’. In: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Cognitive Modeling. : Psychology Press. . ISBN 9780805854268

Peebles, D (2004) ‘Distortions of perceptual judgement in diagrammatic representations’. In: Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 5-7th August 2004, Chicago , pp. 1089-1094

2003

Peebles, D. and Cheng, P. (2003) ‘Modeling the effect of task and graphical representation on response latency in a graph reading taskHuman Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society , 45 (1), pp. 28-46. ISSN 0018-7208

2002

Peebles, D. and Cheng, P. (2002) ‘Extending task analytic models of graph-based reasoning: A cognitive model of problem solving with Cartesian graphs in ACT-R/PMCognitive Systems Research , 3 (1), pp. 77-86. ISSN 1389-0417

Research Degree Supervision

Cognitive modelling and cognitive architectures.

Reasoning and problem solving with diagrams and other external representations.

Human-computer interaction.

High level cognition (reasoning, problem solving and decision making).

 

Students

Nadia Ali. Thesis: "The interactive effect of Gestalt laws of perceptual organisation and task demands on graph comprehension". (PhD awarded June 2011).

Corinna Jones. Thesis: "A cognitive model of students' different understanding of common and decimal fractions".

Postgraduate research opportunities with David Peebles

2017-18

PhD
MSc by Research

2018-19

PhD
MSc by Research