Computational modeling of cognition and behavior

Simon Farrell*, Stephan Lewandowsky

*Corresponding author for this work

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103 Citations (Scopus)


Computational modeling is now ubiquitous in psychology, and researchers who are not modelers may find it increasingly difficult to follow the theoretical developments in their field. This book presents an integrated framework for the development and application of models in psychology and related disciplines. Researchers and students are given the knowledge and tools to interpret models published in their area, as well as to develop, fit, and test their own models. Both the development of models and key features of any model are covered, as are the applications of models in a variety of domains across the behavioural sciences. A number of chapters are devoted to fitting models using maximum likelihood and Bayesian estimation, including fitting hierarchical and mixture models. Model comparison is described as a core philosophy of scientific inference, and the use of models to understand theories and advance scientific discourse is explained. Covers both basic and advanced topics to appeal to students and researchers alike Provides a framework for using models in a variety of domains across psychology and related disciplines Describes the application of models by walking through code written in R, a popular and free statistical programming language.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages461
ISBN (Electronic)9781316272503
ISBN (Print)9781107109995
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2018

Structured keywords

  • Memory


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