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Socially-distributed cognition and cognitive architectures: towards an ACT-R-based cognitive social simulation capability

Socially-distributed cognition and cognitive architectures: towards an ACT-R-based cognitive social simulation capability
Socially-distributed cognition and cognitive architectures: towards an ACT-R-based cognitive social simulation capability
ACT-R is one of the most widely used cognitive architectures, and it has been used to model hundreds of phenomena described in the cognitive psychology literature. In spite of this, there are relatively few studies that have attempted to apply ACT-R to situations involving social interaction. This is an important omission since the social aspects of cognition have been a growing area of interest in the cognitive science community, and an understanding of the dynamics of collective cognition is of particular importance in many organizational settings. In order to support the computational modeling and simulation of socially-distributed cognitive processes, a simulation capability based on the ACT-R architecture is described. This capability features a number of extensions to the core ACT-R architecture that are intended to support social interaction and collaborative problem solving. The core features of a number of supporting applications and services are also described. These applications/services support the execution, monitoring and analysis of simulation experiments. Finally, a system designed to record human behavioral data in a collective problem-solving task is described. This system is being used to undertake a range of experiments with teams of human subjects, and it will ultimately support the development of high fidelity ACT-R cognitive models. Such models can be used in conjunction with the ACT-R simulation capability to test hypotheses concerning the interaction between cognitive, social and technological factors in tasks involving socially-distributed information processing.
distributed cognition, social information processing, cognitive architectures, ACT-R, collective cognition, team cognition, multi-agent simulation, social simulation, cognitive modelling, cognitive engineering
Smart, Paul R.
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Tang, Yuqing
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Bennati, Stefano
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Mott, David
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Braines, Dave
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Smart, Paul R., Tang, Yuqing, Stone, Paul, Sycara, Katia, Bennati, Stefano, Lebiere, Christian, Mott, David, Braines, Dave and Powell, Gavin (2014) Socially-distributed cognition and cognitive architectures: towards an ACT-R-based cognitive social simulation capability. At Annual Fall Meeting of the International Technology Alliance Annual Fall Meeting of the International Technology Alliance, United Kingdom. 15 Sep 2014. 8 pp.

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Abstract

ACT-R is one of the most widely used cognitive architectures, and it has been used to model hundreds of phenomena described in the cognitive psychology literature. In spite of this, there are relatively few studies that have attempted to apply ACT-R to situations involving social interaction. This is an important omission since the social aspects of cognition have been a growing area of interest in the cognitive science community, and an understanding of the dynamics of collective cognition is of particular importance in many organizational settings. In order to support the computational modeling and simulation of socially-distributed cognitive processes, a simulation capability based on the ACT-R architecture is described. This capability features a number of extensions to the core ACT-R architecture that are intended to support social interaction and collaborative problem solving. The core features of a number of supporting applications and services are also described. These applications/services support the execution, monitoring and analysis of simulation experiments. Finally, a system designed to record human behavioral data in a collective problem-solving task is described. This system is being used to undertake a range of experiments with teams of human subjects, and it will ultimately support the development of high fidelity ACT-R cognitive models. Such models can be used in conjunction with the ACT-R simulation capability to test hypotheses concerning the interaction between cognitive, social and technological factors in tasks involving socially-distributed information processing.

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Published date: 15 September 2014
Venue - Dates: Annual Fall Meeting of the International Technology Alliance, United Kingdom, 2014-09-15 - 2014-09-15
Keywords: distributed cognition, social information processing, cognitive architectures, ACT-R, collective cognition, team cognition, multi-agent simulation, social simulation, cognitive modelling, cognitive engineering
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/367239
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ORCID for Paul R. Smart: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9989-5307

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Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:46

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