alexa How planful is routine behavior? A selective-attention model of performance in the Tower of Hanoi.


International Journal of Swarm Intelligence and Evolutionary Computation

Author(s): Patsenko EG, Altmann EM, Patsenko EG, Altmann EM, Patsenko EG, Altmann EM, Patsenko EG, Altmann EM

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Abstract Routine human behavior has often been attributed to plans-mental representations of sequences goals and actions-but can also be attributed to more opportunistic interactions of mind and a structured environment. This study asks whether performance on a task traditionally analyzed in terms of plans can be better understood from a "situated" (or "embodied") perspective. A saccade-contingent display-updating paradigm is used to change the environment by adding, deleting, and moving task-relevant objects without participants' direct awareness. Response latencies, action patterns, and eye movements all indicate that performance is guided not by plans stored in memory but by a control routine bound to objects as needed by perception and selective attention. The results have implications for interpreting everyday task performance and particular neuropsychological deficits. This article was published in J Exp Psychol Gen and referenced in International Journal of Swarm Intelligence and Evolutionary Computation

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