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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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Local Theories versus Comprehensive Architectures

Local Theories versus Comprehensive Architectures

The Cognitive Science Jigsaw Puzzle

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(p.430) (p.431) 30 Local Theories versus Comprehensive Architectures
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Integrated Models of Cognitive Systems
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Michael D. Byrne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189193.003.0030

Reasons for considering integrated models of cognitive systems as a desideratum are myriad, ranging from deeply theoretical interest in the structure of cognition for its own sake to the desire to gain leverage on difficult applied problems to pedagogical interests in blending cognitive psychology with related disciplines like artificial intelligence. What is remarkable is how much progress has been made by human factors researchers and practitioners in domains like commercial aviation despite the profound lack of a good integrated theory of perception, cognition, and motor control. The notion of everything fitting together raises what is known as “the jigsaw puzzle problem.” The analogy here is that the whole cognitive science endeavor has as one of its goals the construction of a complete and detailed picture of human cognition and performance (which would nicely support the interactive behavior triad).

Keywords:   integrated models, cognitive systems, cognition, cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, human factors, jigsaw puzzle problem, cognitive science, performance, interactive behavior triad

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