ACT-R Tutorial


ACT-R (Anderson, Bothell, Byrne, Douglass, Lebiere & Qin, 2004) is a cognitive theory and simulation system for developing cognitive models. It assumes cognition emerges through the interaction of a procedural memory of productions with a declarative memory of chunks and independent modules for external perception and actions. Since its release in 1993, ACT-R has supported the development of over 100 cognitive models, published in the literature by many different researchers. These models cover topics as diverse as driving behavior, implicit memory, learning backgammon, metaphor processing, and emotion. This tutorial will discuss the latest version of ACT-R, ACT-R 6.0, which is more interruptible, achieves greater across-task parameter consistency, has better mechanisms of production learning, and is more in correspondence with our knowledge of brain functioning than previous versions (Figure 1).

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