chapter  1
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Introduction

In this book, I present an integrated theory of learning to predict and explain the outcome of events. This theory is implemented in a computer program called OCCAM. The theory integrates aspects of previous research in learning and memory (DeJong & Mooney, 1986; Kolodner, 1984; Lebowitz, 1980; Mitchell et al., 1986a; Schank, 1982) to model human learning in several different domains under a variety of circumstances. These domains include simple physical causes (e.g., breaking glass and inflating balloons), children's social interactions (e.g., coercion and agency), and complex planning situations (e.g., kidnapping and economic sanction incidents).