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How groups co-ordinate their concepts and terminology: implications for medical informatics

Garrod, S.C. (1998) How groups co-ordinate their concepts and terminology: implications for medical informatics. Methods Inf. Med., 37 (4). pp. 471-476.

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Abstract

Conceptual and terminological systems are established and maintained by the communities who use them. This paper reports experiments which investigate the role of communication and interaction in the process. The experiments show that isolated pairs of communicators and virtual communities of interacting pairs naturally converge on their own conceptual and terminological systems when confronted with a common task. The results also indicate that the system converged on is optimal for that particular group engaged in that particular task. These findings are discussed in relation to the increasing use of tightly coordinated medical teams and its implications for getting them to adopt standardized medical terminologies.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Garrod, Prof Simon
Authors: Garrod, S.C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology > Cognitive Neuroimaging and Neuroengineering Technologies
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Methods Inf. Med.

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