This project employed a variant of CHREST known as MOSAIC to model how language is learnt by children.
The CHREST architecture is a good model of intuitive, pattern-matching decisions. CHREST is a good fit to what is often called “System 1” forms of thinking in the psychological literature. By combining CHREST with a “System 2” model of analytical problem-solving, we have created and tested how models of such Dual Process theories perform when controlling agents in a simulated environment.
During a post-doc at the University of Nottingham, Peter Lane extended CHREST to work with diagrams. The aim was to capture how humans learn to work with AVOW diagrams to compute properties of electric circuits.
This research compares Piaget's theory of development with Feigenbaum and Simon's (1962, 1984) EPAM theory. An attempt is made to map the concepts of assimilation and accommodation in Piaget's theory onto the concepts of familiarisation and accommodation in EPAM.