This paper presents the first functional evaluation of spontaneous, uncued retrieval from long-term memory in a cognitive architecture. The key insight is that current deliberate cued retrieval mechanisms require the agent to have knowledge of when and what to retrieve --- knowledge that may be missing or incorrect. Spontaneous uncued retrieval eliminates these requirements through automatic retrievals that use the agent's problem solving context as a heuristic for relevance, thus supplementing deliberate cued retrieval. Using constraints derived from this insight, we sketch the space of spontaneous retrieval mechanisms and describe an implementation of spontaneous retrieval in Soar together with an agent that takes advantage of that mechanism. Empirical evidence is provided in the Missing Link word-puzzle domain, where agents using spontaneous retrieval out-perform agents without that capability, leading us to conclude that spontaneous retrieval can be a useful mechanism and is worth further exploration.
In this paper, we present a cognitive model of frequency-based decision-making applied to the task of landmine detection. The model is implemented in the ACT-R cognitive architecture and is strongly constrained by the cognitive primitives of the architecture. We then generalize the model to another task in the domain of macroeconomic decision-making using the same architecture, pursuing theoretical parsimony. We describe each model's representation requirements, assess their fits to the data, and analyze their performance scaling as a function of task and architectural parameters. Efforts to generalize the landmine detection model to macroeconomic decision making showed that reasonable fits to the macro-economic performance data could be achieved by models based either on procedural knowledge or declarative knowledge. This finding underscores the importance of distinguishing between processing strategies employed to execute tasks. Such detail appears needed to understand the neural foundations of frequency-based decision-making.
Authoring narrative content for interactive digital media can be both difficult and time consuming.The research proposed here aims at enhancing the capabilities of content creators through the development of a computational model that improves the quality of automatically generated stories, potentially decreasing the burden placed on the author. The quality and believability of a story can be significantly enhanced by the presence of compelling characters. To achieve this objective, I aim to develop a choice-based computational model that facilitates the automatic generation of narrative that includes characters that are made more compelling by the presence of distinct personality characteristics.
Modeling crowd behavior is an important challenge for cognitive modelers. Models of crowd behavior facilitate analysis and prediction of the behavior of groups of people, who are in close geographical or logical states, and that are affected by each other's presence and actions. Existing models of crowd behavior, in a variety of fields, leave many open challenges. In particular, psychological models often offer only qualitative description, and do not easily permit algorithmic replication, while computer science models are often simplistic, treating agents as simple deterministic particles. We propose a novel model of crowd behavior, based on Festinger's Social Comparison Theory (SCT), a social psychology theory known and expanded since the early 1950's. We propose a concrete algorithmic framework for SCT, and evaluate its implementations in several crowd behavior scenarios. We show that our SCT model produces improved results compared to base models from the literature. We also discuss an implementation of SCT in the Soar cognitive architecture, and the question this implementation raises as to the role of social reasoning in cognitive architectures.