Cognitology in perception & action

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Psychology and cognitive neuroscience traditionally show a tenacious¬† reoccupation with isolated functions and brain areas. We study memory, language, impulse control, the hippocampus, Wernicke’s area, and the anterior cingulate cortex. This analytical tradition has clearly proven its use: we can now answer a question like “how many numbers can a person keep in mind”, or “which brain areas work harder when more numbers are being stored in mind”. However, functions seldom operate in isolation: the reason someone keeps numbers in mind, rather than doing something else entirely, may be because we had them read instructions – requiring language – and […]