Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Planning (Human Cognitive Functions)

This is the 6th posting of explaining the figure on human cognitive functions. Today's topic is Planning.

Planning, which comes after Imagining Situations, is thought to be the imagining process to construct the representation of action sequences evaluated
 (with the past (learned) experience) as good enough for a given goal representation. If an action sequence is not evaluated as preferable, then another sequence would be imagined by some backtracking mechanism.
Planning is in most cases done consciously and is thought to involve Working Memory (or the executive function).  While WM is omitted from the figure, any cognitive function would involve it if the process is carried out reflectively or consciously.

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