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Based on a symposium honoring the extensive work of Allen Newell -- one of the founders of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, human-computer interaction, and the systematic study of computational architectures -- this volume demonstrates how unifying themes may be found in the diversity that characterizes current research on computers and cognition. The subject matter includes:

* an overview of ...
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Mind Matters: A Tribute To Allen Newell

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Overview

Based on a symposium honoring the extensive work of Allen Newell -- one of the founders of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, human-computer interaction, and the systematic study of computational architectures -- this volume demonstrates how unifying themes may be found in the diversity that characterizes current research on computers and cognition. The subject matter includes:

* an overview of cognitive and computer science by leading researchers in the field;
* a comprehensive description of Allen Newell's "Soar" -- a computational architecture he developed as a unified theory of cognition;
* commentary on how the Soar theory of cognition relates to important issues in cognitive and computer science;
* rigorous treatments of controversial issues in cognition -- methodology of cognitive science, hybrid approaches to machine learning, word-sense disambiguation in understanding material language, and the role of capability processing constraints in architectural theory;
* comprehensive and systematic methods for studying architectural evolution in both hardware and software;
* a thorough discussion of the use of analytic models in human computer interaction;
* extensive reviews of important experiments in the study of scientific discovery and deduction; and
* an updated analysis of the role of symbols in information processing by Herbert Simon.

Incorporating the research of top scientists inspired by Newell's work, this volume will be of strong interest to a large variety of scientific communities including psychologists, computational linguists, computer scientists and engineers, and interface designers. It will also be valuable to those who study the scientific process itself, as it chronicles the impact of Newell's approach to research, simultaneously delving into each scientific discipline and producing results that transcend the boundaries of those disciplines.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Evaluation of the Soar Cognitive Architecture 1
2 The Study of Cognitive Architecture 51
Discussion. Architecture Matters: What Soar Has to Say About Modularity 75
3 Learning Analytically and Inductively 85
Discussion. Learning Matters 111
4 Meaning Matters: Problems in Sense Resolution 119
Discussion. Meaning Matters: Response to Miller 133
5 Constraints on Processing Capacity: Architectural or Implementational? 141
Discussion. Functionally Matters: Capacity Constraints and Soar 179
6 Great and Big Ideas in Computer Structures 189
Discussion. Parallelism Matters 213
7 Software Architectures for Shared Information Systems 219
Discussion. Mediating Matters: Response to Shaw 253
8 The Human, the Computer, the Task, and Their Interaction - Analytic Models and Use-Centered Design 259
Discussion. Task Matters 313
9 Scientific Discovery Processes in Children, Adults, and Machines 325
Discussion. Development Matters 357
10 The Process of Deduction 365
Discussion. Reasoning Matters: Mental Models and Soar 401
11 The Patterned Matter That Is Mind 407
About the Authors 433
Author Index 439
Subject Index 447
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