About Cognitive Modeling
The Cognitive Modeling Group studies human cognition by creating cognitive models of complex behavior. Cognitive models are, essentially, theories of how people think, implemented in computer simulations. To test these models, their predictions are compared to human data from behavioral and neuroimaging studies. In particular, we are interested in model-based analyses of neuroimaging data, in which a model is used to guide the interpretation of the data.
An overview of our research projects can be found on our research page.
Cognitive models can be applied in many domains: they can be used as the basis for designing education and training, or they can be used to implement intelligent agents in various applications.
Many of the models we build are developed with the ACT-R language/modeling formalism. The group organizes a yearly Spring School in ACT-R modeling for both beginning and experienced modelers. In addition to ACT-R, drift-diffusion models as well as neural network models are investigated.
An overarching theme in our group is skill acquisition. We look at it in a variety of contexts, ranging from medical decision-making, to multitasking, and the transfer of skills across domains. We also investigate how people can reduce distraction and improve their mental abilities through meditation and how they acquire and interpret natural language. Last but not least, we study the use of higher-order social cognition in negotiation.
In our lab we collect human data from behavioral experiments, as well as EEG and eyetracking data. We collect fMRI data in collaboration with the NeuroImaging Center at the University of Groningen. We also collaborate closely with John Anderson from the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, where we collect fMRI and MEG data.
Our research is embedded within the Artificial Intelligence research group Alice and the research school BCN and we collaborate in a number of projects with Hedderik van Rijn at the Dept. of Psychology, University of Groningen.
We organized the International Conference of Cognitive Modeling (ICCM) in 2000 and in 2015 . In 2009, we organized the Cognitive Science Conference. In June 2016 we organized a symposium on multitasking.
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