## The Probabilistic Mind: Prospects for Bayesian Cognitive ScienceNick Chater, Mike Oaksford The rational analysis method, first proposed by John R. Anderson, has been enormously influential in helping us understand high-level cognitive processes. The Probabilistic Mind is a follow-up to the influential and highly cited 'Rational Models of Cognition' (OUP, 1998). It brings together developments in understanding how, and how far, high-level cognitive processes can be understood in rational terms, and particularly using probabilistic Bayesian methods. It synthesizes and evaluates the progress in the past decade, taking into account developments in Bayesian statistics, statistical analysis of the cognitive 'environment' and a variety of theoretical and experimental lines of research. The scope of the book is broad, covering important recent work in reasoning, decision making, categorization, and memory. Including chapters from many of the leading figures in this field, The Probabilistic Mind will be valuable for psychologists and philosophers interested in cognition. |

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**learning**rate per- formed better than the one with decreasing

**learning**rate , t ( 999 ) = 13.16 , p < .001 . A maximizing Bayesian thus outperformed a maximizing associative learner in this environment . It is somewhat surprising that ...

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**learning**rate is clearly outperformed by the other two models . When we compare the Bayesian

**learning**models with the BIC , we see that B.σ.λ ; fitted best . The estimated parameter σ = 0.77 indicates that individuals learned slower ...

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**learning**theory provide a rational account of causal

**learning**. Both theories claim that the goal of causal

**learning**is to adapt to the causal texture of the world , but based on different assumptions about cognitive capacities their ...

### Contents

prospects for a Bayesian cognitive science | 3 |

A primer on probabilistic inference | 33 |

Rational analyses instrumentalism and implementations | 59 |

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