On the cognitive foundations of modularity

@inproceedings{Monteiro2011OnTC,
  title={On the cognitive foundations of modularity},
  author={Miguel P. Monteiro},
  booktitle={PPIG},
  year={2011}
}
Modularity is a fundamental concept in software engineering with deep roots in human cognition. However, to date few studies of the cognitive roots of modularity have been carried out. To contribute to filling this gap, we examine memory, abstraction and conceptual categorization as viewed in cognitive psychology. We clarify the connections between those topics and hierarchical decomposition. Using them as a basis, we propose a view of software modules as cohesive and structured representations… CONTINUE READING