With some idealization, the question of the capacities of various experimental designs in cognitive neuropsychology to uncover cognitive architecture
can be reduced to comparatively simple questions about the prior assumptions investigators are willing to make.
Rosenbloom is a professor in the Department of Computer Science, and director for cognitive architecture
research at the Institute for Creative Technologies, at the University of Southern California.
It is concerned with the way in which humans' cognitive architecture
deals with learning objects during the learning process or when performing a particular task.
Contributed by researchers, practitioners, and theorists in teaching and learning, instructional design, computer-human interaction, cognitive psychology, and other disciplines from universities in the US, Asia, and Europe, the chapters address cognitive architecture
, working memory, gesture visualization, and social collaboration; instructional design, with discussion of cognitive load theory, everyday technologies, age-related changes, and cognitive constraints in e-learning; and practical aspects, such as the impact of computer and Internet use on quality of life and autonomy, mnemonic interventions to improve memory, adoption of technologies, the benefits of e-health, the use of remote care delivery technologies, and the use of tele-health technology to support caregiver training.
Our approach is to use the ACT-Rational (ACT-R) cognitive architecture
, which is grounded in psychological theory, to model learning and performance in complex tasks.
Carruthers argues for RT Theory by offering a sketch of the cognitive architecture
necessary to support human consciousness.
Fodor tells us in his introduction that these apparently disparate themes are united by their tendency to underwrite an atomistic conception of mental content: "Just as an informational view of semantics, of the sort developed in part I, offers the possibility of atomism about meaning, so a modular view of cognitive architecture
, of the sort developed in part II, offers the possibility of atomism about perception" (p.
Kenneth Forbus and Thomas Hinrichs describe progress toward reaching human-level AI within the Companion cognitive architecture
. Their work is guided by two central hypotheses: the centrality of analogical reasoning and the utility of qualitative representations.
In the second chapter, Reconciling a Human Cognitive Architecture
, Jonassen provides a general overview of the constructivist positions.
The papers that emerged from that gathering discuss such aspects as using brain imaging to guide the development of a cognitive architecture
, the modeling and control of visual perception, modeling emotions, the minimal control principle, and constraints on asymptotic performance.