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 A "Society of Mind" cognitive architecture based on the principles of artificial economics

Davis, Darryl N.; Venkatamuni, Vijayakumar Maragal


Darryl N. Davis

Vijayakumar Maragal Venkatamuni


This research investigates the concept of mind as a control system using the "Society of Agents" metaphor, whereby the whole is described as the collective behavior of simple and intelligent agents. This powerful concept for mind research benefits from the use of metacognition, and eases the development of a self configurable computational model. A six tiered SMCA (Society of Mind Cognitive Architecture) control model is designed that relies on a society of agents operating using metrics associated with the principles of artificial economics in animal cognition. Qualities such as level of decision making, its cost function and utility behavior (the microeconomic level), physiological and goal oriented behavior are investigated. The research builds on current work, and shows the use of affect norms as metacontrol heuristics enables the computational model to adapt and learn in order to optimize its behavior.


Davis, D. N., & Venkatamuni, V. M. (2010).  A "Society of Mind" cognitive architecture based on the principles of artificial economics. International journal of artificial life research, 1(1), 51-71.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2010-01
Print ISSN 1947-3087
Electronic ISSN 1947-3079
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 1
Pages 51-71
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