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Weekly QUEST Discussion Topics and News, 10 Jan

We want to continue our discussion on the current view of the QUEST overview – ensure we answer any/all questions on what to date we’ve concluded – including an update on our recent interactions with DARPA / AFOSR / ONR and the AF/ST chief scientist on the overview talk. The discussion will include details on what needs to be done next to advance our understanding of the issues and how we might engineer solutions as well as advance the foundational framework. One specific topic is how to instantiate in a LaRue-like model a representation / deliberative processes that are consistent with our ‘Theory of Consciousness’.

The second topic is a follow on to the above discussion – we want to ensure every week we expose the group to new sources of ideas that will help us mature our positions and also help us understand where we fit in the trade space. This week I want to expose the group to the chapter provided to us by Mike Young late last year on Dual Process Theories – Betram Gawronski and Laura Crieghton (2013), D. E Carlston (Ed.) The Oxford handbook of social cognition )pp 282-312, Ny NY Oxford university press. The abstract is below – but it is a fascinating work that is somewhat a distinct set of literature as it focusses on social cognition models.

Dual process theories divide the realm of mental processes into two general categories depending on whether they operate automatically or in a controlled fashion. This chapter provides an overview of dual process theories in social psychology, focusing on their historical and conceptual developments. Identifying three general categories of dual process theories, the chapter distinguishes between domain-specific theories that focus on particular phenomena, generalized dual process theories that identify domain-independent principles underlying various kinds of phenomena, and formalized dual process theories that quantify the joint contributions of automatic and controlled processes to responses within a single task. The chapter also discusses critical arguments against each type of dual process theorizing, which are integrated in a general outlook on future directions.
Key Words: attitudes, attribution, automaticity, control, dual process theories, impression
formation, persuasion, prejudice, stereotyping



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