Accession Number : ADA186648

Title :   Changing the Layers of Mind.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. 15 Jun 86-31 Oct 87,

Corporate Author : CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : VanLehn, Kurt

PDF Url : ADA186648

Report Date : 02 Jul 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : It is common in cognitive science to assume that the mind is composed of layers of programmable machines. The machine of the top layer runs the end user program which, roughly speaking, performs the task at hand. Every other machine runs a program that implements the memories and primitive processes of the machine above it in the stack of layers. The bottom machine is actual neuronal hardware. A natural part of the layering principle in computer systems design is that the layers can be changed. In particular, any layer, except the hardware layer, can be replaced without changing the others. This essay examines the physiological implications of the hypothesis that layers can be changed. Keywords: Cognitive architectures, Cognitive psychology, Transfer of training.

Descriptors :   *COGNITION, ARCHITECTURE, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, COMPUTERS, HYPOTHESES, LAYERS, MACHINES, PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), STACKING, TRANSFER OF TRAINING, USER NEEDS, BRAIN, NEURAL NETS

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Cybernetics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE