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Efficient CognitionThe Evolution of Representational Decision Making$
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Armin W. Schulz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037600

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037600.001.0001

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The Nature and Reality of Representational Decision Making

The Nature and Reality of Representational Decision Making

(p.13) 2 The Nature and Reality of Representational Decision Making
Efficient Cognition

Armin W. Schulz

The MIT Press

The chapter first makes clearer how the difference between representational and non-representational decision making is to be understood. It then provides more precise characterizations of “reflexive,” non-representational decision making and of representational decision making. Next, it supports the reality of representational decision making by appeal to a wide range of literatures from a number of different disciplines. The chapter ends by bringing out several widely accepted features of representational decision making.

Keywords:   mental representation, representational decision making, reflexive decision making, cognitive psychology, cognitive ethology, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology

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