Computational Cognitive Modeling of Interactive Performance

Michael D. Byrne

in The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Engineering

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199757183
Published online May 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Computational Cognitive Modeling of Interactive Performance


While computational cognitive models have been around for many years, they have not always considered the domain of interactive behavior, that is, environments where there is substantial back-and-forth between the operator and the environment. This has changed considerably in the last decade and a half, and now there are numerous models of interactive performance. This is a technically challenging endeavor; nonetheless, multiple approaches to pairing a cognitive model with an interactive environment have been successfully developed. These include using the exact same environment for both human operators and the model, reverse engineering an extant environment in the language of the modeling system, and mediated solutions in which a new software layer is developed to enable communication between a cognitive model and distal environment. While these approaches all involve considerable work and raise a variety of theoretical and technical issues, there are important benefits to such models, and considerable opportunities exist for future development and research.

Keywords: human performance modeling; interactive behavior; cognitive architecture; computational modeling

Article.  6481 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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