Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cognitive factors in perspective-based reading (PBR): A protocol analysis study
by Robbins, Bryan Thomas, III, M.S., Mississippi State University, 2009, 113; 1462656
Abstract (Summary)

The following study applied the protocol analysis method from the field of cognitive science to the investigation of perspective-based reading (PBR), an individual reading technique used within software document inspections. Protocol analysis allows PBR to be understood within the broader context of human cognition by coding concurrent verbal reports collected from the subject during PBR task performance. A coding scheme is derived from relevant literature in cognitive psychology. Using a systematic literature review, several hypotheses from the software engineering literature regarding PBR performance are considered, and three are chosen for analysis. Based on correlational comparisons and frequency statistics, the merit of the proposed coding scheme is evaluated. The selected hypotheses are supported by the experiment. Lessons learned regarding the protocol analysis technique and its application to software engineering research are stressed, with an emphasis on future work.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Carver, Jeffrey C.
Commitee: Bradshaw, Gary L., Vaughn, Rayford B.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cognitive psychology, Computer science
Keywords: Cognitive factors, Perspective-based reading, Protocol analysis, Software engineering, Software inspections, Systematic literature review
Publication Number: 1462656
ISBN: 978-1-109-08893-9
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