Psychological vs. biological explanations of behavior

Behavior and Philosophy 32 (1):167-177 (2004)
Causal explanations of behavior must distinguish two kinds of cause. There are (what I call) triggering causes, the events or conditions that come before the effect and are followed regularly by the effect, and (what I call) structuring causes, events that cause a triggering cause to produce its effect. Moving the mouse is the triggering cause of cursor movement; hardware and programming conditions are the structuring causes of cursor movement. I use this distinction to show how representational facts (how an animal represents the world) can be structuring causes of behavior even though biological (i.e., electrical–chemical) events trigger the behavior
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