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The Science of Managing Our Digital Stuff$
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Ofer Bergman and Steve Whittaker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035170

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035170.001.0001

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Why Is Navigation the Preferred PIM Retrieval Method?

Why Is Navigation the Preferred PIM Retrieval Method?

(p.161) 8 Why Is Navigation the Preferred PIM Retrieval Method?
The Science of Managing Our Digital Stuff

Ofer Bergman

Steve Whittaker

The MIT Press

This chapter explores fundamental reasons for navigation preference. It explores cognitive and neuroscience explanations about why navigation is preferred to search. Two studies reveal that navigation is less cognitively demanding than search. The first uses a cognitive psychology technique, the dual-task paradigm, to show that search requires more verbal attention than navigation. The second study indicates that PIM navigation involves primitive brain structures previously observed during real-world navigation. In contrast, search activates brain areas commonly observed in linguistic processing. These deep-rooted neurological biases may promote automatic activation of location-related retrieval, leaving the language system available for other tasks.

Keywords:   Cognitive science, Attention, dual-task, attention capacity, neuroscience, locational mechanisms, linguistic mechanisms

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