Building Bridges Between AI and Cognitive Psychology


  • Stephen K. Reed San Diego State University



My goal in this article is to encourage greater integration of the fields of AI and cognitive psychology by reviewing work on shared interests. I begin with examples that link my early research related to AI with my current efforts to organize knowledge in the cognitive sciences. I then describe how cognitive psychologists have contributed to the methods explained in the book The Master Algorithm: How the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World (Domingos, 2015), including how these methods can be combined. The final section discusses three benefits of building bridges: using computational models in AI as theoretical models in cognitive psychology, solving joint computational problems, and facilitating the interactions between people and machines.

Author Biography

Stephen K. Reed, San Diego State University

Emeritus professor of psychology.

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How to Cite

Reed, S. (2019). Building Bridges Between AI and Cognitive Psychology. AI Magazine, 40(2), 17-28.