Defining an Ontology of Cognitive Control Requires Attention to Component Interactions

Topics in Cognitive Science 3 (2):217-221 (2011)

Abstract
Cognitive control is not only componential, but those components may interact in complicated ways in the service of cognitive control tasks. This complexity poses a challenge for developing an ontological description, because the mapping may not be direct between our task descriptions and true component differences reflected in indicators. To illustrate this point, I discuss two examples: (a) the relationship between adaptive gating and working memory and (b) the recent evidence for a control hierarchy. From these examples, I argue that an ontological program must simultaneously seek to identify component processes and their interactions within a broader processing architecture
Keywords Working memory  Prefrontal cortex  Executive function  Cognitive control
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DOI 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2011.01141.x
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