The role of (bounded) optimization in theory testing and prediction: In response to: Suboptimality in perceptual decision making

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We argue that a radically increased emphasis on (bounded) optimality can contribute to cognitive science by supporting prediction. Bounded optimality (computational rationality), an idea that borrowed from artificial intelligence, supports a priori behavioral prediction from constrained generative models of cognition. Bounded optimality thereby addresses serious failings with the logic and testing of descriptive models of perception and action.


Original languageEnglish
Article numbere232
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jan 2019