The race to remember: A computational model of event-based prospective memory

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The thesis presents the first comprehensive computational model of the cognitive processes required to remember to perform a deferred action upon encountering a target event [event-based prospective memory (PM)]. The model, Prospective Memory Decision Control (PMDC), instantiates PM decision processes and ongoing task decision processes using the linear ballistic accumulator (Brown & Heathcote, 2008). In addition, the model includes proactive and reactive cognitive control mechanisms (Braver, 2012) that assist the PM process in competing with routine decision processes. PMDC was successfully fitted to behavioural data from several laboratory PM tasks, and illuminated the latent cognitive processes underlying performance.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Loft, Shayne, Supervisor
  • Heathcote, Andrew, Supervisor, External person
Award date10 Jan 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018


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