This research compares Piaget’s theory of development with Feigenbaum and Simon’s (1962, 1984) EPAM theory. An attempt is made to map the concepts of assimilation and accommodation in Piaget’s theory onto the concepts of familiarisation and accommodation in EPAM. An EPAM-like model of the balance scale task has been developed with the aim to account for children’s discontinuous, stage-like development.

Main publication:

  • Gobet, F.(1999). Simulations of stagewise development with a symbolic architecture. In J. P. Dauwalder & W. Tschacher (Eds.), Dynamics, synergetics, and autonomous agents. Singapore: World Scientific.