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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Computational Modeling of Human Information Processing

Location

711 Human Performance Wing, RHA/Training Division

RO# Location
13.15.02.B7362 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337905

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Gunzelmann, Glenn glenn.gunzelmann@us.af.mil 937.938.3554

Description

This opportunity focuses on cognitive science research to improve our understanding of human information processing, behavior, and performance. The long-term goal is to develop software-based models of human cognition that can be used in a variety of ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of training (e.g., as synthetic teammates, tutors, or cognitively valid readiness tracking tools). To achieve these objectives, substantial research is required to understand the components of cognition and how they mesh together to enable the kinds of complex cognitive activities required to act in complex, dynamic environments. We are pursuing this long-term objective through the use of computational cognitive modeling, focused on (1) spatial information processing, (2) changes in cognitive performance resulting from fluctuations in alertness, (3) learning and forgetting, (4) visual attention, and (5) developing technologies that can allow for the creation of computational cognitive models of greatly increased scale and complexity than is currently typical in cognitive science research. We utilize a variety of research methodologies, including traditional empirical psychological research, eye tracking, EEG, cognitive model development using a cognitive architecture, validation of model performance through careful comparison to empirical human data, and development of quantitative theoretical mechanisms to account for important psychological phenomena. Some relevant publications can be found at http://actr.psy.cmu.edu/people/#afrl

 

References

Gunzelmann, G, Lyon DR: Topics in Cognitive Science, 3(4): 741, 2011

Gunzelmann G, et al: Cognitive Science 33(5): 880, 2009

Gunzelmann, G, et al: Translational Issues in Psychological Science: 1, 2015

 

Keywords:
Computational model; Cognition; Cognitive science; Psychology; Cognitive architecture; Cognitive model; Spatial cognition; Fatigue;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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