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Cognitive Effort is a multi-faceted phenomenon that has suffered from an imperfect understanding, an informal use in everyday life and numerous definitions. This paper attempts to clarify the concept, along with some of the main influencing factors, by presenting a possible heuristic formalism intended to be implemented as a computational concept, and therefore be embedded in an artificial agent capable of cognitive effort-based decision support. Its applicability in the domain of Artificial Intelligence and Multi-Agent Systems is discussed. The technical challenge of this contribution is to start an active discussion towards the formalisation of Cognitive Effort and its application in AI.
Longo L., Barrett S. (2010) Cognitive Effort for Multi-agent Systems. In: Yao Y., Sun R., Poggio T., Liu J., Zhong N., Huang J. (eds) Brain Informatics. BI 2010. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6334. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-15314-3_6