Stereotype and Standardize

18 Jul 2005 - 4:25am
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sajid saiyed
2005

In cognitive ergonomics, we talk about two things:

1. Use Stereotypes.
2. Standardize things.

I sometimes get confused that, where is the thin line that
differentiate these two?

Most often a good Standards follows a Stereotype.

Would anyone like to discuss this in detail?

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18 Jul 2005 - 2:27pm
Vassili Bykov
2005

sajid saiyed wrote:
> In cognitive ergonomics, we talk about two things:
>
> 1. Use Stereotypes.
> 2. Standardize things.
>
> I sometimes get confused that, where is the thin line that
> differentiate these two?

I'd say the line is pretty clear. Stereotypes are common perceptions and
interpretations. They constantly evolve under various influences and are
not formally defined. Or even, they cannot be formally defined or
directly controlled by anyone--though they can be documented and influenced.

Standards are deliberately created by a stakeholder of some sort,
having full control over the standard, if not always over its
application. Standards are documents, at least in a general sense. You
can document a stereotype, but it would exist just as well without such
a description.

Their influence goes both way. A standard may and probably will consider
existing stereotypes, though it does not have to. A standard can create
new stereotypes through its applications if they happen to be
influential enough.

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