How to Integrate Representation into Computational Modeling, and Why We Should

Year
2012
Volume 13
Issue 1
Pages
1-38
Authors
Michael Rescorla
Abstract
I argue that Chalmers’s proposed computational foundation conflicts with contemporary cognitive science. I present an alternative approach to modeling the mind computationally. On my alternative approach, computational models can individuate mental states in representational terms, without any appeal to organizationally invariant properties. I develop my approach through case studies drawn from cognitive psychology, CS, and AI. 

Key words: computational theory of mind; mental representation; Bayesian modeling; lambda calculus