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By Maria Nowakowska

This hugely unique paintings extends and enriches our knowing of the theoretical equipment of cognitive technology and highlights a few new features and probabilities for constructing this interdisciplinary topic. the writer examines the theoretical and methodological foundations of cognitive technological know-how and explores its usefulness as a descriptive and explanatory tool.

The themes coated diversity from such really unexplored ones as observability networks and their regulations, random and semi-random fuzzy items, and relatives among subjective and goal time, via judgement formation, descriptions, and texts, to extra conventional matters studied by way of cognitive scientists, specifically, visible notion, reminiscence, and verbal exchange. In her therapy of every subject, the writer develops new conceptual representations of the phenomenon analyzed, postulates acceptable mechanisms, and formulates explanatory hypotheses.

Dr. Nowakowska treats cognitive procedures via a collection of interrelated theories, from various views and on quite a few degrees of generality. She departs from the knowledge processing paradigm and proposes new thoughts and ideas in accordance with mental intuitions and mechanisms. Her paintings stresses the issues of cognitive obstacles and distortions in addition to the generative, managed, and dynamic personality of cognition

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The existence of such events allows us to introduce corrections in the subjectively perceived time. For instance, imagine two 1-week periods of one's life, one full of exciting events and the other dull and uneventful. 3, after a long time, the first of these weeks will seem longer than the second. However, if the subject knows that both periods were 1 week long, he may force a correction on his subjective judgments. In the domain of short-time intervals, it is hard to find such universal periodic events, and it is plausible that the memory of the length of time intervals is based on direct mapping of time into something corresponding to length.

Since the probability of a change of order of two events whose true distance is k equals rk, this model captures the property that the chances of a reversal decrease with an increase of the distance between events. A more elaborate model of increase of fuzziness of time, by using a more complex shuffling scheme, may easily be proposed. One could also include in this model the possibility that fuzziness increases as time passes. 8 COMMENTS Besides the problems of subjective perception of time, it is also of interest to know how humans use their internal events as pointer events, how they reconstruct the order of external events, to which degree this reconstruction is correct, and how many of the external events are used in this reconstruction.

56) for every ieUk. 55) simplify, and we have the following corollary. -m p fc i 1 · 57 ) and keM 1 — \lke By simple checking we obtain the next theorem. 12 of Qk and b(k). Under Condition A, probability P(k) decreases with the increase This result agrees with intuition. Indeed, Qk is the probability that a preevent will not modify the state of readiness for pre-events of type k. Consequently, the higher probability Qk, the more chances that the state of readiness for events of type k will "wear off*" and terminate, thus preventing events of this type to enter the long-term memory.

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