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Cognitive Search: Evolution, Algorithms, and the Brain

Peter M. Todd, Thomas T. Hills, and Trevor W. Robbins


Over a century ago, William James proposed that people search through memory much as they rummage through a house looking for lost keys. Like other animal species search space, we scour our environments for territory, food, mates, and other goals, including information. We search for items in visual scenes, for historical facts and shopping deals on internet sites, for new friends to add to our social networks, and for solutions to novel problems. In all these spaces, what we find is governed by how we search and by the structure of the environment. This book explores how we search for resourc ... More

Keywords: Strüngmann Forum Reports, cognitive search, search behavior, memory, decision making, cognition, information

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262018098
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018098.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter M. Todd, editor
Indiana University

Thomas T. Hills, editor

Trevor W. Robbins, editor

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1 Building a Foundation for Cognitive Search

Peter M. Todd, Thomas T. Hills, and Trevor W. Robbins

Evolution of Search, Adaptation, and Ecology

2 The Evolution of Cognitive Search

Thomas T. Hills and Reuven Dukas

3 Ecological and Behavioral Approaches to Search Behavior

David W. Stephens, Iain Couzin, and Luc-Alain Giraldeau

4 Searching for Fundamentals and Commonalities of Search

John M. C. Hutchinson, David W. Stephens, Melissa Bateson, Iain Couzin, Reuven Dukas, Luc-Alain Giraldeau, Thomas T. Hills, Frederic Méry, and Bruce Winterhalder

Search, Goals, and the Brain

5 Executive Control of Cognitive Search

Joshua W. Brown and Derek E. Nee

7 Neural Bases of Actions and Habits

John P. O’Doherty and Bernard W. Balleine

9 Search, Goals, and the Brain

Catharine A. Winstanley, Trevor W. Robbins, Bernard W. Balleine, Joshua W. Brown, Christian Büchel, Roshan Cools, Daniel Durstewitz, John P. O’Doherty, Cyriel M. A. Pennartz, A. David Redish, and Jeremy K. Seamans

Mechanisms and Processes of Cognitive Search

10 Visual Search

Jeremy M. Wolfe

11 Human Memory Search

Eddy J. Davelaar and Jeroen G. W. Raaijmakers

13 Cognitive Control, Cognitive Search, and Motivational Salience

K. Richard Ridderinkhof and Helga A. Harsay

15 Unpacking Cognitive Search

Thorsten Pachur, Jeroen G. W. Raaijmakers,Eddy J. Davelaar, Nathaniel D. Daw, Michael R. Dougherty, Bernhard Hommel, Michael D. Lee, Sean M. Polyn,K. Richard Ridderinkhof, Peter M. Todd, and Jeremy M. Wolfe

Search Environments, Representation, and Encoding

16 Foundations of Search

James A. R. Marshall and Frank Neumann

17 Problem Solving and Search in Networks

David Lazer and Ethan S. Bernstein

20 Search Environments, Representation, and Encoding

Lael J. Schooler, Curt Burgess, Robert L. Goldstone, Wai-Tat Fu, Sergey Gavrilets, David Lazer, James A. R. Marshall, Frank Neumann, and Jan M. Wiener