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What, when and how do rational analysis models explain?

Poyhonen, Samuli (2016) What, when and how do rational analysis models explain? In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Probabilistic modeling is a highly influential method of theorizing in cognitive science. Rational analysis is an account of how probabilistic modeling can be used to construct non-mechanistic but self-standing explanatory models of the mind. In this article, I disentangle and assess several possible explanatory contributions which could be attributed to rational analysis. Although existing models suffer from evidential problems that question their explanatory power, I argue that rational analysis modeling can complement mechanistic theorizing by providing models of environmental affordances.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Poyhonen, Samulisamuli.poyhonen@helsinki.fi0000-0001-6968-5819
Keywords: cognitive science explanation modeling mechanism rational analysis
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Dr Samuli Poyhonen
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2016 12:57
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2016 12:57
Item ID: 12568
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
Date: 1 March 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12568

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