The IDA model of cognition is a fully integrated artificial cognitive system reaching across the full spectrum of cognition, from low-level perception/action to high-level reasoning. Extensively based on empirical data, it accurately reflects the full range of cognitive processes found in natural cognitive systems. It’s meant to be a cognitive theory of everything. As a source of plausible explanations for very many cognitive processes, the IDA model provides an ideal tool to think with about how minds work.

This online tutorial offers a reasonably full account of the IDA conceptual model, including background material. It also provides a high-level account of the underlying computational “mechanisms of mind” that constitute the IDA computational model. Finally, it includes an account of LIDA, the Learning IDA extension.

Introduction provides a brief account of why one might want to devote time to this tutorial.
Brief Tutorial displays the LIDA Cognitive Cycle diagram. Clicking on the name of a module or process in the list on the left focuses the display and provides explanatory text.
Full Tutorial consists mostly of PowerPoint presentations prepared by Stan Franklin for a class on How Minds Work during Spring 2005 together with audio versions of his lectures.
Neural Correlates provides information about how parts the LIDA model are currently believed to correspond to brain regions.
Glossary lists definitions and examples of the various terms used in the tutorial for the convenience of the reader working his or her way through the tutorial. Links are to various urls that might be of interest to the reader of the tutorial.
CCRG Home takes the reader to the home page of the CCRG web site where much more detailed information about the IDA and LIDA models can be found, including references and texts of research articles and paper, and brief biographies of the researchers.
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