Handling Representation Changes by Autistic Reasoning

Boris Galitsky

We discover the patterns of autistic reasoning in the conditions requiring change in representation of domain knowledge. The formalism of non-monotonic logic of defaults is used to simulate the autistic decision-making while learning how to adjust an action to the environment which forces new representation structure. Our main finding is that while autistic reasoning may be able to process single default rules, they have a characteristic difficulty in cases with non-trivial representation changes, where multiple default rules conflict. We evaluate our hypothesis that the skill of representation adjustment can be advanced by learning default reasoning patterns via a set of exercises.

Subjects: 19.1 Perception; 5. Common Sense Reasoning

Submitted: Sep 6, 2007