A key concept in 1960s control theory is TOTE (Test-Operate-Test-Exit)1:
The concept seems to be neatly mapped to a modern cognitive concept:
- The brain constantly compares perceived state to the normal state, if two do not match our attentive selection mechanism overshoots and consciousness is engaged.
- Similarly, when we formulate a plan, we constantly compare the perceived and desired state and take action to reach the desired state (fight), yet we may give up (flight).
My question: do recent cognitive theories supports this concept or are there competing models?
1Miller, G. a, Galanter, E., Pribram, K.H., 1960. Plans and the Structure of Behavior. Martino Fine Books, S.l.