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The probabilistic mind: Prospects for rational models of cognition

27 - 28 June 2006

By invitation only

Venue: B10 Seminar Room, Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AR

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Supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation

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The goal of this meeting is to bring together recent work on how, and how far, high-level cognitive processes can be understood in rational terms, and particularly using probabilistic methods. This approach was given substantial impetus by John Anderson's influential development of the methodology of rational analysis, around 1990, and this research was brought together in an international conference held at Warwick University in 1996. This conference led to the edited book "Rational Models of Cognition" (OUP, 1998). The present meeting, and proposed follow-up book, will synthesize and evaluate the progress in the past decade, taking into account developments of Bayesian statistics, statistical analysis of the cognitive, environment, and a variety of theoretical and experimental research.

Organisers: Nick Chater, Mike Oaksford and Rachel Howes
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