Content-sensitive inference, modularity and the assumption of formal processing

Mitch Parsell

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Performance on the Wason selection task varies with content. This has been taken to demonstrate that there are different cognitive modules for dealing with different conceptual domains. This implication is only legitimate if our underlying cognitive architecture is formal. A non-formal system can explain content-sensitive inference without appeal to independent inferential modules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-58
Number of pages14
JournalPhilosophical Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005

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