A Computational Model for Reasoning About the Paper Folding Task Using Visual Mental Images


The paper folding task is commonly used for the evaluation of nonverbal, spatial reasoning skills. In this paper, we present a computational model that attempts to use visual-imagery-based representations and operations to solve this task. The model was tested against all problems from the standard paper folding task and achieved a perfect score, illustrating that visual-imagery-based representations and operations are sufficiently expressive to capture at least one successful solution strategy. Although the model does not closely resemble human cognitive processing, and thus should not be considered in its current form to be a plausible psychological model of human task performance, the assumptions made and their implications for our understanding of human cognition on the paper folding task point to fruitful lines of future work towards this goal.

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