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date: 20 March 2019

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For the best part of 30 years, the most influential theoretical and empirical work examining control-based decision-making and planning behaviors has largely neglected the importance of causality. Causal relations are essential for capturing the structural relationship between events in the world and individuals as they coordinate their actions toward anticipating (planning) and then managing (control) those events. Causal representations are the mental form by which individuals are able to simulate future events resulting from actions aimed at reaching a goal (planning), and maintaining that goal (control). The aim of this chapter is to examine the unsung work in planning and control that brings the role of causal relations and causal representations into the fore, and to speculate what the future research horizons for both might look like.

Keywords: planning, control-based decision-making, causal relations, causality, causal representation

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