Lara-Dammer, F., Hofstadter, D. R., & Goldstone, R. L. (in press). A computer model of context dependent perception in a very simple world. Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence.
We propose the foundations of a computer model of scientic discovery that takes into account certain psychological aspects of human observation of the world. To this end, we simulate two main components of such a system. The first is a dynamic microworld in which physical events take place, and the second is an observer that visually perceives entities and events in the microworld. For reason of space, this paper focuses only on the starting phase of discovery, which is the relatively simple visual inputs of objects and collisions.