Toward a Unified View of Cognitive Control
Article first published online: 9 MAR 2011
Copyright © 2011 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Topics in Cognitive Science
Volume 3, Issue 2, pages 227–230, April 2011
How to Cite
Salvucci, D. D. and Taatgen, N. A. (2011), Toward a Unified View of Cognitive Control. Topics in Cognitive Science, 3: 227–230. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2011.01134.x
- Issue published online: 6 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 9 MAR 2011
- Received 29 May 2010; received in revised form 23 September 2010; accepted 29 January 2011
- Threaded cognition;
- Cognitive architectures;
- Cognitive control
Allen Newell (1973) once observed that psychology researchers were playing “twenty questions with nature,” carving up human cognition into hundreds of individual phenomena but shying away from the difficult task of integrating these phenomena with unifying theories. We argue that research on cognitive control has followed a similar path, and that the best approach toward unifying theories of cognitive control is that proposed by Newell, namely developing theories in computational cognitive architectures. Threaded cognition, a recent theory developed within the ACT-R cognitive architecture, offers promise as a unifying theory of cognitive control that addresses multitasking phenomena for both laboratory and applied task domains.