Causal learning from interventions and dynamics in continuous time

TitleCausal learning from interventions and dynamics in continuous time
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBramley, N, Mayrhofer, R, Gerstenberg, T, Lagnado, DA
Conference NameCognitive Science Conference
Abstract

Event timing and interventions are important and intertwined cues to causal structure, yet they have typically been studied separately. We bring them together for the first time in an ex- periment where participants learn causal structure by performing interventions in continuous time. We contrast learning in acyclic and cyclic devices, with reliable and unreliable cause– effect delays. We show that successful learners use interventions to structure and simplify their interactions with the de- vices and that we can capture judgment patterns with heuristics based on online construction and testing of a single structural hypothesis.

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