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    Ten years of the rational analysis of cognition

    Chater, N. and Oaksford, Mike (1999) Ten years of the rational analysis of cognition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 3 (2), pp. 57-65. ISSN 1364-6613.

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    Rational analysis is an empirical program that attempts to explain the function and purpose of cognitive processes. This article looks back on a decade of research outlining the rational analysis methodology and how the approach relates to other work in cognitive science. We illustrate rational analysis by considering how it has been applied to memory and reasoning. From the perspective of traditional cognitive science, the cognitive system can appear to be a rather arbitrary assortment of mechanisms with equally arbitrary limitations. In contrast, rational analysis views cognition as intricately adapted to its environment and to the problems it faces.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Neuroscience, Rationality, Memory, Reasoning, Rational analysis
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 10:03
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:26


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