A new study was done to establish how people work with functional tools.

A study designed to test a fundamental concept of German philosopher, Martin Heidegger that  “people don’t notice familiar, functional tools, but instead “see through” them to a task at hand”, was done by scientist Anthony Chemero of the Franklin & Marshall College.

Wired explains the study:

In the new study, Chemero and graduate students Dobromir Dotov and Lin Nie tracked the hand movements of people using a mouse to guide a cursor during a series of motor tests. Part way through the tests, the cursor lagged behind the mouse. After a few seconds, it worked again. When Chemero’s team analyzed how people moved the mouse, they found profound differences between patterns produced during mouse function and malfunction.

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