A Cognitive Perspective on QSR: Navigation as an Example

Marco Ragni, Gregory Kuhnmünch

One of the central motivations for developing qualitative reasoning was the investigation of a "naïve physics," with the aim to describe the physical world with human "everyday" concepts. This implies the idea that a formal description alone is not sufficient — it should take into account relevant findings from Cognitive Science about human concepts. In this article we (i) present main findings from Cognitive Science about QSR and cognitive modeling, (ii) relate them to current research about QSR, (iii) suggest methodological adjustments that allow both for a more comprehensive evaluation of formalisms and for more realistic and varied test-beds. Finally, we argue that the field of navigation is a drosophila of a more cognitively inspired QSR.


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