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Cognitive Modeling Links

Cognitive Modeling involves using computers to model human cognitive processes. These models are also described as Cognitive Architectures, Cognitive Architecture Models, and Human Performance Models.

Some definitions:

Cognitive Task Analysis: The process of analyzing a task from a cognitive perspective, i.e. by looking at the thought processes used rather than by the actions taken. Examples of these cognitive processes include perception, memory, attention, inferencing, and learning. This analysis is done using Knowledge Elicitation Techniques to extract both conscious and subconscious thought patterns.

Cognitive Architecture: A model of these thought processes based on the results of the analysis. Many of these models have been created. The more advanced ones allow modification of parameters affecting specific cognitive processes allowing the models to adjust based on the capabilities of the individuals being modeled (also known as Individual Differences). Examples of Cognitive Architectures include Soar, ACT, GOMS, and MHP.

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