Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Cognitive architectures need compliancy, not universality

Richard M. Young a1
a1 Psychology Department, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB, United Kingdom


The criterion of computational universality for an architecture should be replaced by the notion of compliancy, where a model built within an architecture is compliant to the extent that the model allows the architecture to determine the processing. The test should be that the architecture does easily – that is, enables a compliant model to do – what people do easily.