A Skill-Based Approach to Modeling the Attentional Blink

Corne Hoekstra*, Sander Martens, Niels A. Taatgen

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People can often learn new tasks quickly. This is hard to explain with cognitive models because they either need extensive task-specific knowledge or a long training session. In this article, we try to solve this by proposing that task knowledge can be decomposed into skills. A skill is a task-independent set of knowledge that can be reused for different tasks. As a demonstration, we created an attentional blink model from the general skills that we extracted from models of visual attention and working memory. The results suggest that this is a feasible modeling method, which could lead to more generalizable models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1030-1045
Number of pages16
JournalTopics in Cognitive Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 17-Jul-2020


  • Attentional blink
  • PRIMs
  • ACT-R
  • Skill-based modeling
  • Cognitive model
  • Instruction learning
  • Skill-based approach
  • Cognitive architectures

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