Questions tagged [cognitive-modeling]

For questions about models and theoretical idealizations of cognitive processes in humans or other animals. Examples include computational, mathematical, and conceptual models.

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Non-computational models of cognition

There is a question on this site that asks a somewhat related question, whether there are non-physical models for cognition. However, that question still assumes a computational paradigm for the non-...
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What is the relationship between practice and performance of telephone call centre workers?

I am interested in modelling the relationship between practice and performance both in laboratory tasks and field settings. I was interested in what existing research has examined how the performance ...
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How sound is the psychology of Westworld?

Disclaimer: I am very much a layman in these areas of research, so please do amend the question in order to conform to conventional usage of terminology and definitions thereof. In the series ...
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Need a definition of Cognitive Simplicity (or Complexity) that would appeal to a wide audience

Everyone in my organization wants to make our products & website as simple as possible for our customers. My concern is that "simple" means different things to different people. I'm looking for a ...
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Why are young girls writing love letters to the Parkland shooter?

Nikolas Cruz, now widely known as the shooter responsible for killing 17 students in Parkland, Florida and injuring another 17, is according to both CNN and the Sun Sentinel receiving piles of love ...
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Are there cognitive models that distinguish semantic and episodic memory?

From various amnesia cases it has been shown that semantic and episodic memories reside in different parts of the brain. Are there any cognitive models that distinguish these two types of memories? If ...
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Which executive function assessment has the most cognitive models?

Wikipedia has a handy list of assessments of executive functions. I recognize a few of them (Tower of Hanoi, Wisconsin Card Sorting), however, what is the most modeled task and what reasons do ...
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How do mammals explore state spaces in reinforcement learning tasks?

Reinforcement learning is the act of learning how to preform a task given punishment and reward. A "state-space" is the space of choices in a context. When performing a reinforcement learning task, is ...
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What is a good general reference on cognitive science in military training?

I know that one of the application of cognitive science is military science. Unfortunately I haven't found a good source on how cognitive science could benefit military training. Is there any ...
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Test-retest reliability of Iowa gambling task performance and Expectancy Valence Model parameters

I've just been learning about the Expectancy Valence Model of the Iowa Gambling Task (see Busemeyer & Stout, 2002; Yechiam et al 2005). The model includes three parameters: motivation, learning-...
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Effect of overtime hours on morale / retention at a job?

I'm unsure if this is the place to ask, but I'm curious as to if there have been any studies on the effect of overtime hours worked and how it affects morale and possibly retention at a job? ...
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What cognitive architectures out there combine multiple sensor streams?

It seems like most cognitive architectures are evaluated on toy problems that do not challenge more than one sense (usually the visual one). What neuronal cognitive architectures were evaluated in the ...
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How do patients with Cotard's Syndrome rationalize environmental interactions?

A patient with Cotard's Syndrome (also called "Cotard delusion" and "Walking Corpse Syndrome") has the delusion that he or she is dead (and sometimes immortal), either figuratively or literally, yet ...
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Is a New Software Library to Simulate Natural Processes like Hunger Needed?

This sort of dovetails off a question I asked on the AI Exchange: Is There A Need For Stochastic Inputs To Mimic Real-World Biology And Environment? I figured this site would give more insight on ...
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“Being of the same mind” as a scientific concept

Folk psychology knows and uses the concept of "being of the same mind" that often is supposed to explain why two people find themselves sympathic or like (or even love) each other. "Being of the same ...
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Is there a mathematical model for the “strength of your emotional reaction” to the effect of SMBC Comics's formula?

SMBC Comics (Emotion) presented the formula $$ \text{strength of your emotional reaction} = \frac{\text{emotional power of an event}}{\text{your distance from the event}}. $$ It feels intuitively ...
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How can I learn Integrated information Theory

I'm looking for a syllabus for Integrated Information Theory that could help a non-scientists learn all the fundamental concepts required to fully understand IIT It looks like it involves statistics, ...
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What is an appropriate background for cognitive modeling?

Awhile back, I picked up Cognitive Modeling by Thad A. Polk (published in 2002 by MIT Press - and yes, before anyone points it out, I do realize that that's probably somewhat out of date at this point ...
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(Ekmans' Atlas of Emotions) What meaning (if any) can be deduced from the geometry of the “mountain” depicting a given emotion?

I have recently discovered that the Atlas of Emotions may be a useful tool in a research project I am working on. While lovely to look at, the Atlas seems to lack any description of the data encoded ...
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Reciting Reverse Order Alphabet vs Reverse Order Counting

Observation A: It's easy to recite the alphabet. It's hard to recite the alphabet backwards. Observation B: It's easy to recite the number 1 to 26. It's easy to recite the number 1 to 26 backwards. ...
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What is the current status of mental models vs mental logic controversy?

From what I understand there is (or was) a controversy whether humans reason deductively by constructing mental models and surveying them or by following built-in inference rules of mental logic (...
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Is there any categorization of cognitive abilities based on brain structure and biology?

I'm pretty sure that the answer to the following question is yes : Is there any categorization of cognitive abilities based on brain structure and biology? However, because I'm a newbie, I'm kind of ...
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Does the brain use the minimax algorithm?

The minimax algorithm is the basic way an AI can decide which move to make in a game. The idea is that might be paraphrased as "prepare for the worst". It seems such a fundamental way to decide ...
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What is the psychology behind epiphany?

What are the neural precursors that lead up to the epiphany? How can one, have more creative insights? How this affects our psyche? What's the psychology behind it? The word "epiphany" has a deep, ...
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How are schamata represented in Cognitive Load Theory

I come across papers that say things like "if the new information is compatible with the schema, it is accepted". I'm not clear on how schemata are represented by theorists in order to make this ...
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Trying to remember the name of an Agent-Based Model

Out of curiosity- I used to read a Wiki page of a scientist (sadly I don't remember the name) who were the developer of an agent-based model. Diagram had another entity class named similar to "...
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Are cognitive maps still widely studied within psychology? Why or why not?

Cognitive maps refer to mental representations of physical spaces. It seems like the work on this concept dropped off significantly in the 1990s but I’m not in the field, so I can’t say for sure. Are ...
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Reinforcement learning for combining production rules

I'm trying to create a system that learns the Tower of Hanoi puzzle. The system I'm working off of uses a production system (similar to ACT-R), but uses hard-coded production rules. I know that Neil ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that the different and contrasting behaviours we collectively call 'sensitive' have a common root cause?

There appear to be two different meanings of the word 'sensitive' when describing people's behaviour: that the person being described lacks the emotional resilience to cope with an everyday situation....
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Is there any good Cognitive Architecture to model intelligent tutoring system?

Being a bugging AI and CogSci researcher, I have so far found J.Andersons Act-R based ITS (Intelligent tutoring system) model, it seems very laborious. Is there any good current day Cognitive ...
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Stimulus evaluation depending on attribute strength of a second attribute

I am looking for a theory (or research direction) to describe the following phenomenon: When I have two attributes of a stimulus, my evaluation of it might depend (non-additively) on the different ...
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Are there any decentralized attention allocation algorithms in the literature?

I would like to know if computational neuroscientists have come up with any models of attention allocation that are decentralized. I'm curious if any efforts have been made on this front, as selective ...
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Using rationalisations to fit your specific, unconscious beliefs - how is that process called?

Introdution: Sometimes we build our reasoning and decisions on more or less rational reasoning which consists of logical steps of thought. Let's say, it basically follows this path: problem >> ...
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Research on using the kinesthetic sense to guide cognitive visual model?

Has there been any research on how the kinesthetic sense (the sense of one's body relative position) informs our spatial reasoning? For example, I think people might be more successful at hitting a ...