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    Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Sacred Values and Vulnerability to Violent Extremism.Clara Pretus, Nafees Hamid, Hammad Sheikh, Jeremy Ginges, Adolf Tobeña, Richard Davis, Oscar Vilarroya & Scott Atran - 2018 - Frontiers in Psychology 9.
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    The Dissolution of Mind: A Fable of How Experience Gives Rise to Cognition.Oscar Vilarroya (ed.) - 2002 - Rodopi.
    This book presents an original thesis about the notion of sensory experience and of the mind’s architecture, which is grounded in current trends in cognitive science and philosophy of mind. Presented in the form of a dialogue, the book explores some of the psychological and philosophical consequences that the author derives from his proposal.
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    Normative Seeds for Deadly Martyrdoms.Adolf Tobeña & Oscar Vilarroya - 2014 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37 (4):378-379.
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    From Functional Mess to Bounded Functionality.Oscar Vilarroya - 2001 - Minds and Machines 11 (2):239-256.
    Some evolutionary psychologists contend that the best way to discover the functions of our present psychological systems is by appealing to the notion of functional mesh, that is, the assumed tight fit between a trait's design and the adaptive problem it is supposed to solve. In this paper, I argue that there exist theoretical considerations and empirical evidence that undermine this assumption of optimal design. Instead, I suggest that cognitive systems are constrained by what I call bounded functionality. This proposal (...)
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    ``Two'' Many Optimalities.Oscar Vilarroya - 2002 - Biology and Philosophy 17 (2):251-270.
    In evolutionary biology, a trait is said to be optimal if it maximizes the fitness of the organism, that is, if the trait allows the organism to survive and reproduce better than any other competing trait would. In engineering, a design is said to be optimal if it complies with its functional requirements as well as possible. Cognitive science is both a biological and engineering discipline and hence it uses both notions of optimality. Unfortunately, the lack of a clear methodological (...)
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    A Straw Man's Neogenome.Oscar Vilarroya - 2012 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 35 (5):380 - 381.
    The neogenome has indeed changed how to understand the relationship between genotype and phenotype. However, this does not imply a paradigm shift, but simply a normal development of a young science. Charney creates a straw man out of the myth of an immutable genetics, and conveys the wrong idea that heritability studies and gene association studies are no longer valid.
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    Belling the Cat: Why Reuse Theory is Not Enough.Oscar Vilarroya - 2010 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 33 (4):293-294.
    I agree with Anderson's approach to reuse theories. My main concern is twofold. Anderson assumes certain nomological regularities in reuse phenomena that are simply conjectures supported by thin evidence. On the other hand, a biological theory of reuse is insufficient, in and of itself, to address the evaluation of particular models of cognition, such as concept empiricism or conceptual metaphor.
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    Biological Roots of the Social Brain.Luc Steels & Oscar Vilarroya - 2008 - Biological Theory 3 (1):93-98.
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    In Search of Radical Similarity.Oscar Vilarroya - 2005 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (1):35-35.
    It is difficult to see how one can support the continuum between rules and similarity, as Pothos proposes. A similarity theory could dispense with the rules end of the continuum. The only thing that we need is one (or more than one) theory of similarity that goes beyond the stimulus-carrying information and behavioristic restrictions that have usually been attributed to similarity theories.
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    A Categorial Mutation.Oscar Vilarroya - 2005 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (4):508-509.
    The proposal of Steels & Belpaeme (S&B) is on the right track to solve the nativist/empiricist/culturalist controversy. However, their nativist model of colour categorization does not correspond to a proper genetic model. Colour perception is the outcome of a complex process of development. A direct correspondence between genes and colour categories cannot be the right approach to the problem.
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  11. Neural Representation. A Survey-Based Analysis of the Notion.Oscar Vilarroya - 2017 - Frontiers in Psychology 8.
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    Social Brain Matters: Stances on the Neurobiology of Social Cognition.Oscar Vilarroya & Francesc Forn I. Argimon - 2007 - Rodopi.
    This book examines philosophical and scientific implications of Neodarwinism relative to recent empirical data. It develops explanations of social behavior and cognition through analysis of mental capabilities and consideration of ethical issues. It includes debate within cognitive science among explanations of social and moral phenomena from philosophy, evolutionary and cognitive psychology, neurobiology, linguistics, and computer science.Cognitive Science provides an original corpus of scholarly work that makes explicit the import of cognitive-science research for philosophical analysis. Topics include the nature, structure, and (...)
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