The search for simplicity : A fundamental cognitive principle?
Chater, Nick (1999) The search for simplicity : A fundamental cognitive principle? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Section A: Human Experimental Psychology, 52 (2). pp. 273-302. ISSN 0272-4987Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/713755819
It is proposed that the cognitive system imposes patterns on the world according to a simplicity principle: Choose the pattern that provides the briefest representation of the available information. The simplicity principle is normatively justified-patterns that support simple representations provide good explanations and predictions on the basis of which the agent can make decisions and actions. Moreover, the simplicity principle appears to be consistent with empirical data from many psychological domains, including perception, similarity, learning, memory, and reasoning. Thus, the simplicity principle promises to serve as the starting point for the rational analysis of a wide range of cognitive processes, in Anderson's (1990, 1991a) sense. The simplicity principle also provides a framework for integrating a wide range of existing psychological proposals.
|Item Type:||Journal Item|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Behavioural Science
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Section A: Human Experimental Psychology|
|Official Date:||May 1999|
|Number of Pages:||30|
|Page Range:||pp. 273-302|
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