Cognition as coordinated non-cognition

Barsalou, L. W. , Breazeal, C. and Smith, L. B. (2007) Cognition as coordinated non-cognition. Cognitive Processing, 8(2), pp. 79-91. (doi: 10.1007/s10339-007-0163-1) (PMID:17429705)

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We propose that cognition is more than a collection of independent processes operating in a modular cognitive system. Instead, we propose that cognition emerges from dependencies between all of the basic systems in the brain, including goal management, perception, action, memory, reward, affect, and learning. Furthermore, human cognition reflects its social evolution and context, as well as contributions from a developmental process. After presenting these themes, we illustrate their application to the process of anticipation. Specifically, we propose that anticipations occur extensively across domains (i.e., goal management, perception, action, reward, affect, and learning) in coordinated manners. We also propose that anticipation is central to situated action and to social interaction, and that many of its key features reflect the process of development.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barsalou, Professor Lawrence
Authors: Barsalou, L. W., Breazeal, C., and Smith, L. B.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Cognitive Processing
ISSN (Online):1612-4790

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