Roles: A Strategy To Avoid Information Overload
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2008
Copyright 1987, American Anthropological Association.
Central Issues in Anthropology
Volume 7, Issue 1, pages 9–12, April 1987
How to Cite
Richards, C. E. (1987), Roles: A Strategy To Avoid Information Overload. Central Issues in Anthropology, 7: 9–12. doi: 10.1525/cia.19184.108.40.206
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2008
Materialists have delineated technological and environmental factors that constrain human choices. This article suggests a known and tested mental factor, information processing, that serves a similar purpose and consequently also plays a role in organizing behavior. The limitations and the methods used for circumventing those limitations provide a framework for human interaction. Combining the interplay of mental and technoenvironmental constraints increases our ability to explain human behavior.