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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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Bounding Rational Analysis

Bounding Rational Analysis

Constraints on Asymptotic Performance

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Integrated Models of Cognitive Systems

Andrew Howes

Richard L. Lewis

Alonso Vera

Oxford University Press

How can we explain human behavior? This chapter articulates an approach that emphasizes explanations in terms of the optimal behavior given not only on constraints imposed by the objective and environment but also constraints imposed by knowledge and the human cognitive architecture. It also describes techniques that realize this approach by supporting the formal reasoning about such constraints. First, it reviews two existing classes of explanation of behavior: rational explanations of the functions of cognition (rational analysis) and cognitive architecture-based simulations of the mechanisms by which the functions are achieved. A central assumption of the proposal is that a theory explains behavior if the optimal behavior predicted by the theory shows substantial correspondence to asymptotic performance.

Keywords:   human behavior, explanations, optimal behavior, rational analysis, constraints, cognitive architecture, cognition, functions, asymptotic performance

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