Report Number: CS-TR-68-100
Institution: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title: A computer model of information processing in children
Author: Bredt, Thomas H.
Date: June 1968
Abstract: A model of cognitive information processing has been
constructed on the basis of a protocol gathered from a child
taking an object association test. The basic elements of the
model are a graph-like data base and strategy. The data base
contains facts that relate objects in the experiment. The
graph distance that separates two objects in the data base is
the measure of how well a relation is known. The strategy
used in searching for facts that relate two objects is
sequential in nature.
The model has been programmed for computer testing in the
LISP programming language. The responses of the computer
model and the original subject are compared. To aid in the
model evaluation a revised test was defined and administered
to two children. The results were modeled and the
correspondence of model and subject performance is discussed.