Benny Shanon

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Written and visual surveys were administered in order to assess people's models of the phsyical world. A comparison was made between scientific theories and the layman's philosophy of nature on the one hand, and between people's conceptions and perceptions on the other hand. The findings suggest that there are discrepancies on both levels: people do not(More)
User modeling issues are examined in the context of a user-adapted guidance system. The system provides users with instructions about natural tasks without introducing a special time-consuming sub-dialog to learn the user's knowledge. A model for providing such guidance is developed on the basis of a phenomenological analysis of human guidance, and(More)
The salience effect is similar, but distinct. Objects which are close to ones which stand ia a particular relation to the respondent (i.e. physically close, emotionally dear, or belonging to the subject) are not placed in a room but receive horizontal answers instead. For example, all the Israelis answered that Lebanon was "north of Israel", and not that it(More)
  • B Shanon
  • Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the…
  • 1984
Musicians and non-musicians, male and females, were presented with different selections of classical music, both mono- and poly-instrumental, under stereophonic conditions which allowed them to reverse the left-right distribution of the auditory material. The musicians preferred the leading (usually the high) voice to be heard by the left ear; the effect(More)
  • B Shanon
  • Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the…
  • 1979
Subjects were timed as they judged whether items presented to them were words or not. In one experiment responses to nouns and verbs were compared, in a second experiment ones to concrete and abstract nouns were compared. In both experiments responses to pronounceable and non-pronounceable non-words were also compared. By and large, no significant main(More)