A Skill-Based Approach to Modeling the Attentional Blink

Hoekstra, C., Martens, S. & Taatgen, N. A., 17-Jul-2020, In : Topics in Cognitive Science. 12, 3, p. 1030-1045 16 p.

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People can often learn new tasks quickly. This is hard to explain with cognitive models because they either need extensive task-specific knowledge or a long training session. In this article, we try to solve this by proposing that task knowledge can be decomposed into skills. A skill is a task-independent set of knowledge that can be reused for different tasks. As a demonstration, we created an attentional blink model from the general skills that we extracted from models of visual attention and working memory. The results suggest that this is a feasible modeling method, which could lead to more generalizable models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1030-1045
Number of pages16
JournalTopics in Cognitive Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 17-Jul-2020


  • Attentional blink, PRIMs, ACT-R, Skill-based modeling, Cognitive model, Instruction learning, Skill-based approach, Cognitive architectures, INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES, INTEGRATED THEORY

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