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The Agile Mind$
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Wilma Koutstaal

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367188.001.0001

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Agility of Mind and the Integrated Controlled-Automatic, Specific-Abstract (iCASA) Framework

Agility of Mind and the Integrated Controlled-Automatic, Specific-Abstract (iCASA) Framework

(p.3) 1 Agility of Mind and the Integrated Controlled-Automatic, Specific-Abstract (iCASA) Framework
The Agile Mind

Wilma Koutstaal

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with an explanation of why we need a new construct of mental agility. It then discusses how this book is about “bridges”—bridges within, and to, thinking. The material for the bridges comes from experimental and observational evidence, from psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and allied disciplines, regarding the factors that are most likely to foster what is called agility of mind, agile thinking, or mental agility. The chapter then sets out the book's central claim: optimal agility of mind requires the capacity to both move between varying levels of control (representational process) and varying levels of specificity (representational content). It outlines the principles of the integrated Controlled-Automatic, Specific-Abstract (iCASA) and discusses the meaning of abstract-specific representational content, and the levels of control and representational process. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   mental agility, agile thinking, agility of the mind, representational content, representational process, oscillatory range

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