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The Architecture of CognitionRethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge$
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Paco Calvo and John Symons

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027236

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.001.0001

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From Systematicity to Interactive Regularities

From Systematicity to Interactive Regularities

Grounding Cognition at the Sensorimotor Level

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(p.371) 15 From Systematicity to Interactive Regularities
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The Architecture of Cognition
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David Travieso

Antoni Gomila

Lorena Lobo

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0015

This chapter aims to challenge the theoretical tenets of systematicity arguing that this feature is language dependent and not a general capacity of cognition. We support this statement by means of two ideas: First, systematicity is syntax bound. Second, the data from comparative and developmental psychology indicates that non-verbal cognitive creatures do not exhibit systematic processes. We demonstrate that examples given in perception, such as amodal completion, are context-dependent and non-systematic. According to this rationale, we maintain that ecological psychology is a better approach to explain regularities in behavior (with examples in spatial perception, sensory substitution and perceptual learning). As a corollary, alternatives to a classical view of cognition are deemed to be necessary.

Keywords:   Ecological psychology, Amodal completion, Sensory substitution, Perceptual learning

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