Conceptual and Technical Issues in Extending Computational Cognitive Modeling to Aviation

  • Alex Kirlik
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4550)


A recent trend in cognitive modeling is to couple cognitive architectures with computer models or simulations of dynamic environments, such as flight simulators, to study interactive behavior and embedded cognition. Progress in this area is made difficult by the fact that cognitive architectures traditionally have been motivated by data from discrete experimental trials using static, non-interactive tasks. As a result, additional theoretical problems must be addressed to bring cognitive architectures to bear on the study of cognition in dynamic and interactive environments. I identify and discuss three such problems dealing with the need to model the sensitivity of behavior to environmental constraints, the need to model context-specific adaptations underlying expertise, and the need for environmental modeling at a functional level. These issues do not arise merely out of the needs of “applied” science, but instead signal gaps in the fundamental scientific understanding of cognition and behavior in dynamic, interactive contexts.


Computational cognitive modeling aviation embedded cognition human-computer interaction human performance modeling 


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  • Alex Kirlik
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  1. 1.Human Factors Division and Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 405 North Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IllinoisUSA

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