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My primary research interest is in the area of cognitive architectures, theories of the large scale, permanent structures, functions and processes of the human mind.

I have worked with the ACT-R cognitive architecture for nearly twenty years, using it to develop computational cognitive models to understand the complex interactions that occur between cognitive, perceptual and motor processes when people reason and solve problems with external representations of information such as diagrams, computer interfaces, graphs and maps.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Cognitive modelling and cognitive architectures.
  • Reasoning and problem solving with diagrams and other external representations.
  • Human-computer interaction.
  • High level cognition (reasoning, problem solving and decision making).

Research Degree Supervision

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  • Learning
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience
  • Memory
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Problem Solving
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Graphs
  • Cognitive Science
  • Cognitive Science and Artificial Thinking
  • Computation
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Reasoning
  • Eye Movements
  • Computational Modeling
  • Embodied Cognition
  • Concepts
  • Cognitive Modeling
  • Embodied Cognitive Science
  • Computational Cognitive Science
  • Graph Drawing
  • Cognitive Architecture

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Research Output 2002 2019

A new machine learning model based on induction of rules for autism detection

Thabtah, F. & Peebles, D., 29 Jan 2019, In : Health Informatics Journal. 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Autistic Disorder
Learning systems
Medical Psychology
2 Citations

An innovative virtual reality training tool for orthognathic surgery

Pulijala, Y., Ma, M. E., Pears, M., Peebles, D. & Ayoub, A., Sep 2018, In : International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 47, 9, p. 1199-1205 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Orthognathic Surgery
Surgical Instruments
Le Fort Osteotomy
Process Assessment (Health Care)
3 Citations

Effectiveness of Immersive Virtual Reality in Surgical Training: A Randomized Control Trial

Pulijala, Y., Ma, M. E., Pears, M., Peebles, D. & Ayoub, A., May 2018, In : Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 76, 5, p. 1065-1072 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Le Fort Osteotomy
Control Groups
Randomized Controlled Trials
Equipment and Supplies
Dental Schools

On the Relation Between Marr's Levels: A Response to Blokpoel (2017)

Cooper, R. P. & Peebles, D., Jul 2018, In : Topics in Cognitive Science. 10, 3, p. 649-653 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The effect of graphical format and instruction on the interpretation of three-variable bar and line graphs

Ali, N. & Peebles, D., 17 May 2018, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams. Chapman, P., Stapleton, G., Moktefi, A., Perez-Kriz, S. & Bellucci, F. (eds.). Springer Verlag, p. 429-440 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

psychology student

Activities 2017 2019

Independent grant reviewer

David Peebles (Participant)
6 Feb 2019

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Multiple Representation in Cognitive Architectures

David Peebles (Speaker)
10 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation