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Integrated Models of Cognitive Systems$
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Wayne D. Gray

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189193

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189193.001.0001

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Cognitive Control in a Computational Model of the Predator Pilot

Cognitive Control in a Computational Model of the Predator Pilot

(p.13) 2 Cognitive Control in a Computational Model of the Predator Pilot
Integrated Models of Cognitive Systems

Kevin A. Gluck

Jerry T. Ball

Michael A. Krusmark

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes four models of cognitive control in pilots of remotely piloted aircraft. The models vary in the knowledge available to them and in the aircraft maneuvering strategies that control the simulated pilot's interaction with the heads-up display. These models are Type 3 (knowledge/strategy) variants. The first two models are successive approximations toward a valid model of expert-level pilot cognitive control. The first model failed because of a naïve flight control strategy, and the second succeeded because of an effective flight control strategy that is taught to Air Force pilots. The last two models are investigations of the relative contributions of different major components of the more successful model of pilot cognitive control. This investigation of knowledge and strategy variants produces an anomalous result in relative model performance, which is explored and explained through a sensitivity analysis across a portion of the Type 3 parameter space. The lesson learned is that seemingly innocuous assumptions at the Type 3 level can have large impacts in the performance of models that simulate human cognition in complex, dynamic environments.

Keywords:   cognitive control, pilots, remotely piloted aircraft, cognition, models, knowledge, strategy, flight control

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