Goals reconfigure cognition by modulating predictive processes in the brain

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37 (2):154-155 (2014)
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I applaud Huang & Bargh's theory that places goals at the center of cognition, and I discuss two ingredients missing from that theory. First, I argue that the brains of organisms much simpler than those of humans are already configured for goal achievement in situated interactions. Second, I propose a mechanistic view of the “reconfiguration principle” that links the theory with current views in computational neuroscience.



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