Motivational Processes Within the Perception–Action Cycle

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The present chapter discusses psychologically well-justified models of motivational processes within the human perception–action cycle (in particular, the CLARION cognitive architecture). First, some background relevant to studying and modeling motivational processes, structures, and representations is discussed. Then, the CLARION cognitive architecture is described. Some simulation results of human motivation and personality from CLARION are then briefly reviewed, and their implications and the future directions outlined.


Human Motivation Personality Type Bottom Level Implicit Knowledge Cognitive Architecture 



This work has been supported in part by ONR grant N00014-08-1-0068 (to Ron Sun), as well as by ARI contract W74V8H-05-K-0002 (to Ron Sun and Robert Mathews). Thanks to all the reviewers who provided comments on an earlier version.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cognitive Science DepartmentRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

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