An accessible introduction to the principles of computational and mathematical modeling in psychology and cognitive science
This practical and readable work provides students and researchers, who are new to cognitive modeling, with the background and core knowledge they need to interpret published reports, and develop and apply models of their own. The book is structured to help readers understand the logic of individual component techniques and their relationships to each other.
Chapter 2: From Words to Models: Building a Toolkit
From Words to Models: Building a Toolkit
Let us turn some of the ideas of the preceding chapter into practice. We begin by presenting an influential model of working memory that has been stated at a verbal level (A. D. Baddeley, 1986), and we then take you through the steps required to instantiate this verbal model in a computer simulation. Along the way, we introduce you to MATLAB, which is a programming environment that is particularly suitable for developing computer simulations. We conclude the chapter with a toolkit of terms and concepts and some further thoughts about modeling that are essential for your understanding of the remainder of the book.
2.1 Working Memory
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