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The Continuity of Mind$
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Michael Spivey

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195170788

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170788.001.0001

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Temporal Dynamics in Reasoning

Temporal Dynamics in Reasoning

(p.257) 10 Temporal Dynamics in Reasoning
The Continuity of Mind

Michael Spivey (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses a number of potentially dynamical findings in high-level cognition. It is noted that some of the tension between symbolic approaches and dynamic approaches might be successfully addressed by symbolic dynamics, a field that grew out of complexity theory. Certain findings in problem solving research suggest a blurring of the distinction between cognition and action. Some debates in the concepts and categories literature may dissolve when placed in an attractor landscape framework. Moreover, certain probabilistic reasoning tasks are nicely predicted by probability summation over time. It is argued that certain results in higher cognition are problematic for rule-and-symbol accounts of mind, and are well accommodated by a dynamic systems framework.

Keywords:   reasoning, symbolic dynamics, concepts, problem solving, insight problems, contrast model, Monty Hall problem, Wason task

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