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 [email protected]


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.