Human Problem Solving

  title={Human Problem Solving},
  author={Allen Newell},
Abstract : The aim of the book is to advance the understanding of how humans think. It seeks to do so by putting forth a theory of human problem solving, along with a body of empirical evidence that permits assessment of the theory. (Author) 


I will sketch some ideas that have guided the psychological approaches to problem solving, including the ability to solve problems "one of the most important manifestations of human thinking".

Expert Approaches to Analysis

Abstract : This is a study of how scientists and military analysts make sense of complex situations with the goal of developing an elaborated theory of epistemic forms and games, which can form the

Lessons from Human Problem Solving for Cognitive Systems Research

Studies of human problem solving were one of the basic sources of insight for early AI research. Unfortunately, this approach has been largely abandoned in recent decades. In this essay, I argue that

How Can the Human Mind Occur in the Physical Universe

This chapter discusses cognitive architecture, which describes the architecture of the mind and the role that language plays in the development of thought.

Anderson’s Theory of Cognitive Architecture (ACT*)

ACT* is the most recent version of J.R. Anderson’s theory of higher-level cognition. This chapter presents some first results of a structuralist reconstruction of ACT*. They may be used to eliminate

Ability and Learning: a theoretical synthesis

ABSTRACT The contribution of 20 intelligence theorists are reviewed and organised according to six conceptual paradigms. Implications of the conceptions of ability and learning for educational

Human Problem Solving in 2012

A bibliography of 263 references related to human problem solving, arranged by subject matter, is presented, arguing that researchers are more and more engaged with problem solving research because of its centrality in human actions and because society needs advice from science in understanding and solving complex problems.