Problem Solving under Time-Constraints,
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The computer science concept of production execution has been the basis of a large number of simulations of human problem solving. Typically these simulations have operated in a timeless environment, in the sense that they did not consider any constraints to solve problems quickly. In a previous technical report in this series Hunt and Lansman proposed an architecture for production-executing machines that could be applied to real-time problem solving. Hunt and Lansman supported their ideas by simulating data from laboratory studies drawn from the attention and performance field. In this paper Hunt and Lansmans approach is extended to the simulation of people doing a simple arithmetic task under considerable time pressure and when subject to interruptions. Data from the simulation is compared to data from college students doing the same task. Keywords include Thinking problem solving dual tasks computer simulation production systems arithmetic.
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