Levels of explanation in cognitive science

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    Abstract

    Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of the mind. Two of its constituent disciplines are cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Each of these can provide partial explanations of how people are able to perform certain tasks. The explanations from cognitive psychology are hypotheses about mental-information-processing programs. The explanations from cognitive neuroscience are hypotheses about the nature of the neural hardware on which these programs run. At present it is quite unclear whether findings in either of these domains can constrain hypotheses in the other; I argue that there are so far no examples of this actually having happened.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationASCS09
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science
    EditorsWayne Christensen, Elizabeth Schier, John Sutton
    Place of PublicationNorth Ryde, NSW
    PublisherMacquarie Centre for Cognitive Science
    Pages57-60
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)9780646529189
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventConference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science (9th : 2009) - Sydney
    Duration: 30 Sep 20092 Oct 2009

    Conference

    ConferenceConference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science (9th : 2009)
    CitySydney
    Period30/09/092/10/09

    Bibliographical note

    Copyright 2009 by the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science. Publisher version archived with the permission of the Editor, ASCS09 : Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science. This copy is available for individual, non-commercial use. Permission to reprint/republish this version for other uses must be obtained from the publisher.

    Keywords

    • brain imaging
    • mind
    • cognitive psychology
    • cognitive science
    • cognitive neuroscience
    • levels of explanation

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