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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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The Architecture of Cognition

David Travieso

Antoni Gomila

Lorena Lobo

The MIT Press

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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