Towards adding a physiological substrate to ACT-R

Christopher L. Dancy, Frank E. Ritter, Keith Berry

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Abstract

Connecting a physiological model to a cognitive architecture presents an attractive option to better simulate a wide range of human behavior. This connection should facilitate both the effects of physiology on cognition (e.g. hunger and decision-making), and the effects of cognition on physiology (e.g. autonomic responses to memory featuring particularly aversive stimuli). To add physiology to a cognitive architecture, it should be represented as a separate module or substrate. We present ACT-R φ (ACT-R Phi), a connection of the physiology simulation system HumMod (Hester et al, 2011) and the cognitive architecture ACT-R (Anderson, 2007) using an newly created ACT-R module. A model of the startle response and its consequent effects on cognition and physiology is presented to demonstrate an example use of the new substrate. This extended version of ACT-R allows a user to computationally realize theories involving cognition, physiology, and their interaction. This architecture has potential applications to training simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication21st Annual Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation 2012, BRiMS 2012
Pages75-82
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event21st Annual Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation 2012, BRiMS 2012 - Amelia Island, FL, United States
Duration: Mar 12 2012Mar 15 2012

Publication series

Name21st Annual Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation 2012, BRiMS 2012

Other

Other21st Annual Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation 2012, BRiMS 2012
CountryUnited States
CityAmelia Island, FL
Period3/12/123/15/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation

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