Utilizing Practical Approaches to Enrich Information Presentation and Transfer


A book edited by:  Dr Eshaa M. Alkhalifa



Cognitive Science presents itself as a novel field that is rooted in ancient concepts where the target of study is human thought.  The findings made to date are well established and documented.  A fair amount of the research in this field is done through the analysis of subject reactions to presented information which qualifies this field to be regarded as an ideal source of untapped knowledge capable of guiding system designers towards a more effective presentation of information through the Internet.

The only spin-off to date from that science is represented by “cognitive tools” which represents all tools that support cognitive processes by taking some of the load off limited memory capacities and helping users focus on the critical points in the presented information. 

Fortunately, several existing technologies and avenues of research are already equipped to capitalize on the findings made in this rich scientific field and only require researchers to attract the attention of system designers.



The aim of the book is to attract attention to a rich source of knowledge that mostly, exists to date in pure theory, when it should be a critical factor that guides Internet site design towards a more effective presentation format.  It therefore, offers the term, Cognitively Informed Systems as defining all systems that utilize as a basis for their design, some form of cognitive findings to enhance the effectiveness of the systems in achieving their targets.  Attention, perception and reasoning are only a few potential areas of contribution to system design. 


Possible Topics

The book may include representatives of all major applications that are qualified or deal with some form of Cognitive findings as chapters.  These may include:

Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Decision Support Technologies

The Human Side of IT

End User Computing

Human Computer Interaction

Virtual Universities

Web Based Learning and Teaching

Distance Learning Technologies


Important Dates


Chapter Proposals Due: 8-Nov-04

Proposal Acceptance Notification: 24-Nov-04

Full Chapters Due: 25-Feb-05



If you have any doubts or queries concerning the suitability of a particular topic please do not hesitate to contact me.


Dr. Eshaa M. Alkhalifa

Department of Computer Science,

College of Information Technology, University of Bahrain,

P. O. Box 32038, Isa Town, Bahrain

This book is tentatively scheduled for publishing by Information Science Publishing, USA, in 2005.