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A Rational Analysis of Alternating Search and Reflection Strategies in Problem Solving

By Niels A. Taatgen


In this paper two approaches to problem solving, search and reflection, are discussed, and combined in two models, both based on rational analysis (Anderson, 1990). The first model is a dynamic growth model, which shows that alternating search and reflection is a rational strategy. The second model is a model in ACT-R, which can discover and revise strategies to solve simple problems. Both models exhibit the explore-insight pattern normally attributed to insight problem solving

Topics: Cognitive Psychology, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Developmental Psychology
Publisher: Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum
Year: 1997
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