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Cognitive SearchEvolution, Algorithms, and the Brain$
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Peter M. Todd, Thomas T. Hills, and Trevor W. Robbins

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018098

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018098.001.0001

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Building a Foundation for Cognitive Search

Building a Foundation for Cognitive Search

(p.1) 1 Building a Foundation for Cognitive Search
Cognitive Search

Peter M. Todd

Thomas T. Hills

Trevor W. Robbins

The MIT Press

Search is a common and crucial behavior for most organisms. It requires individuals to achieve an adaptive trade-off between exploration for new resources distributed in space or time and exploitation of those resources once they are found. Common to so many aspects of our lives, search behavior has been studied in a diverse range of scientific disciplines and paradigms: theoretical biologists study the characteristics of evolutionary search in high-dimensional spaces; behavioral ecologists analyze animals foraging for food; experimental psychologists investigate search in vision, memory, decision making, and problem solving; neuroscientists study the neural mechanisms of goal-directed behavior in humans and other animals; psychiatrists and clinical neuroscientists analyze aberrant volition such as drug-seeking behavior in addiction and attentional control in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; computer scientists develop information search algorithms for mining large-scale databases and for individual navigation of the World Wide Web; social psychologists investigate how people seek and choose mates and friends; and political scientists study how groups look for solutions to problems. The need to integrate these insights further has led to the current book, which provides a cross-cutting perspective on the commonalities of cognitive search in different search domains.

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

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