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QUEST Discussion Topics and News, 18 Oct

The topic from the last two weeks is the set of research articles starting from ‘Hypothetical-thinking based on cognitive decoupling and thinking dispositions in a dual cognitive agent’, by Larue et al, Biologically inspired cognitive architectures (2013) 6, 67-75, will be our main topic – several of our QUEST colleagues expressed an interest in understanding the work so they could reproduce the approach but using our applications. Dr. Terry Wilson has investigated some of the tools so we will spend this week having a more detailed discussion than usual emphasizing the implementation of many of our quest ideas using these tools – but having the conversation using the tapestry of the Larue work to bring meat to the discussion. The lead article presents an implementation of the hypothetical-thinking capacities, based on Stanovich’s tripartite framework (Stanovich, 2009). They simulated the Wason card selection task with four different cognitive styles (strongly reactive, purely executive, weakly reflective, purely reflective) and were able to reproduce the results and types of errors found in studies of human reasoning abilities. The first three profiles account for the results of 90% of human subjects (all those who provide answers that are not acceptable by logical standards). The strongly reactive profile gave a plausible account of the way humans provide the logically incorrect answer to the task. We want to have a discussion that addresses the application of the model/approach to problems we care about (this will be one main point of discussion – options for the choice of a driver problem / set of problems to flush out the approach) AND more importantly on using the approach to implement our tenets. Cathy has obtained many of the references from the article and posted them on the VDL.

QUEST Discussion Topics and News 18 Oct

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