Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Cognitive modelling of human temporal reasoning

Alice G. B. ter Meulen a1
a1 Center for Language and Cognition, University of Groningen, 9700 AS Groningen, The Netherlands


Modelling human reasoning characterizes the fundamental human cognitive capacity to describe our past experience and use it to form expectations as well as plan and direct our future actions. Natural language semantics analyzes dynamic forms of reasoning in which the real-time order determines the temporal relations between the described events, when reported with telic simple past-tense clauses. It provides models of human reasoning that could supplement ACT-R models.