EP Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience Seminar: Planning under cognitive limitations
Dr Mehdi Keramati (UCL)
Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1pm to 2pm
Schlich Lecture Theatre, Plant Sciences, S. Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RB
Hosted by Dr Miriam Klein-Flügge
When deciding their next move (e.g. in a chess game, or a cheese maze), a superhuman or a super-mouse would think infinitely deep into the future and consider all the possible sequences of actions and their outcomes. A terrestrial human or mouse, however, has limited time-consuming computational resources and is thus compelled to restrict its contemplation. A key theoretical question is how an agent can make the best out of her limited time and cognitive resources in order to make up her mind. In this talk, I will review several strategies, some borrowed from the artificial intelligence literature, that we and others have demonstrated that animals/humans use in the face of different cognitive limitations. These strategies include: acting based on habits, limiting the planning horizon, and forward/backward planning.