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Decentering Cognition

Bechtel, William and Huang, Linus T. (2020) Decentering Cognition. [Preprint]

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The neocortex figures importantly in human cognition, but it is not the only locus of cognitive activities or even at the top of a hierarchy of cognitive processing areas in the central nervous system. Moreover, the form of information processing employed in the neocortex is not representative of information processing elsewhere in the nervous system. In this paper, we articulate and argue against cortico-centrism in cognitive science, contending instead that the nervous system constitutes a heterarchical network of diverse types of information processing systems. To press this perspective, we examine neural information processing in both non-vertebrates and vertebrates, including examples of cognitive processing in the vertebrate hypothalamus and basal ganglia.

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Item Type: Preprint
Huang, Linus
Keywords: philosophy of neuroscience; mechanistic explanation; basal ganglia; cortico-centrism; heterarchical organization; hypothalamus
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Professor William Bechtel
Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 02:59
Last Modified: 28 May 2020 02:59
Item ID: 17249
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Date: 27 May 2020

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