|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Winston, P, Holmes, D|
|Conference Name||Advances in Cognitive Systems|
|Conference Location||Troy, NY|
We argue that story understanding mechanisms provide a foundation for modeling aspects of our ability to reason hypothetically. We first note that story understanding mechanisms enable us to answer what-if questions about what would happen if an event did or did not occur, and we note that story understanding enables us to answer what-if questions about how a story would be interpreted from a different cultural perspective. We then advance a theory of how humans use hypothetical reasoning to think about personality traits. Our theory and implementation describe how humans use past behavior and untapped alternatives to build a model of characters’ motives and constraints.
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