Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Meeting Newell's other challenge: Cognitive architectures as the basis for cognitive engineering

Wayne D. Gray a1, Michael J. Schoelles a1 and Christopher W. Myers a1
a1 Cognitive Science Department, CogWorks Laboratory, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590


We use the Newell Test as a basis for evaluating ACT-R as an effective architecture for cognitive engineering. Of the 12 functional criteria discussed by Anderson & Lebiere (A&L), we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of ACT-R on the six that we postulate are the most relevant to cognitive engineering.