ERIC Number: ED217874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Simulation Systems for Cognitive Psychology.
Opening with a discussion of the role of computer simulation in cognitive psychology, this paper proceeds to examine the major perspectives on computer simulation as a tool for theoretical research on cognitive processes. The claim that computer simulation enforces rigor in theory specification is analyzed; the use of simulation as a method for exploring or validating theories is discussed, and empirical analyses of several programs developed for hypothesis-testing are reviewed; and simulation is considered as a source of new ideas about cognitive processing mechanisms, with specific attention devoted to the Heuristic Procedure Modification (HPM) program, the Collaborative Activation-based Production System (CAPS), and the READER model. Psychological simulation languages are then discussed, as are aspects of programming environments which facilitate simulation work. In closing, a new simulation language, the Program for Research into Self-Modifying Systems (PRISM), is described in detail. Eight figures and a 50-item reference list accompany the text. (Author/JL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.