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© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Search is a ubiquitous property of life. Although diverse domains have worked on search problems largely in isolation, recent trends across disciplines indicate that the formal properties of these problems share similar structures and, often, similar solutions. Moreover, internal search (e.g., memory search) shows similar characteristics to external search (e.g., spatial foraging), including shared neural mechanisms consistent with a common evolutionary origin across species. Search problems and their solutions also scale from individuals to societies, underlying and constraining problem solving, memory, information search, and scientific and cultural innovation. In summary, search represents a core feature of cognition, with a vast influence on its evolution and processes across contexts and requiring input from multiple domains to understand its implications and scope.
Author(s): Hills TT, Todd PM, Lazer D, Redish AD, Couzin ID, Bateson M, Cools R, Dukas R, Giraldeau L-A, Macy MW, Page SE, Shiffrin RM, Stephens DW, Wolfe JW
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Online publication date: 03/12/2014
Acceptance date: 01/01/1900
ISSN (print): 1364-6613
ISSN (electronic): 1879-307X
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd