Simulation of Human Behavior

A cognitive model of planning


This paper presents a cognitive model of the planning process. The model generalizes the theoretical architecture of the Hearsay-II system. Thus, it assumes that planning comprises the activities of a variety of cognitive “specialists.” Each specialist can suggest certain kinds of decisions for incorporation into the plan in progress. These include decisions about: (a) how to approach the planning problem; (b) what knowledge bears on the problem; (c) what kinds of actions to try to plan; (d) what specific actions to plan; and (e) how to allocate cognitive resources during planning. Within each of these categories, different specialists suggest decisions at different levels of abstraction. The activities of the various specialists are not coordinated in any systematic way. Instead, the specialists operate opportunistically, suggesting decisions whenever promising opportunities arise. The paper presents a detailed account of the model and illustrates its assumptions with a “thinking aloud” protocol. It also describes the performance of a computer simulation of the model. The paper contrasts the proposed model with successive refinement models and attempts to resolve apparent differences between the two points of view. Cognitive Science 3:275-310.

Cognitive development


See also:Pages 110-117 from Cognitive Development, third edition, by John H. Flavell, Patricia H. Miller and Scott A. Miller.John H. Flavell. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT: Children's Knowledge About the Mind. Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 50: 21-45 (Volume publication date February 1999).John H Flavell, Stage-related properties of cognitive development, Cognitive Psychology, Volume 2, Issue 4, October 1971, Pages 421-453.John H. Flavell. On Cognitive Development. In Child Development, Vol. 53, No. 1 (Feb., 1982), pp. 1-10, Published by: Wiley.John H. Flavell. The development of children's knowledge about the mind: From cognitive connections to mental representations. In Developing Theories of Mind, Janet W. Astington, Paul L. Harris, David R. Olson. CUP Archive, 1990, pp. 244-266.Cognitive development: Past, present, and future. Flavell, John H. Developmental Psychology, Vol 28(6), Nov 1992, 998-1005.Thinking about People Thinking about People Thinking about...: A Study of Social Cognitive Development. Patricia H. Miller, Frank S. Kessel and John H. Flavell. Child Development, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Sep., 1970), pp. 613-623, Published by: Wiley.Social Cognitive Development: Frontiers and Possible Futures. John H. Flavell, Lee Ross, Social Science Research Council (USA). Committee on Social and Affective Development During Childhood. CUP Archive, May 29, 1981.The Development of Intuitions about Cognitive Cueing. F. Robert Gordon and John H. Flavell. Child Development, Vol. 48, No. 3 (Sep., 1977), pp. 1027-1033. Published by: Wiley.Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall