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Efficient Cognition: The Evolution of Representational Decision Making

Armin W. Schulz


It is now widely accepted that many organisms (including humans) don’t just react to the world using behavioral reflexes, but also, at times, decide what to do by relying on mental representations. More specifically, the behavior of many organisms is not simply triggered by a perception of the state of their environment, but inferred using higher-level mental states downstream from their perceptual states. What is far less clear is why this is the case: what benefits does representational decision making bring to an organism, and what implications do these benefits have for the exact role that ... More

Keywords: mental representation, evolutionary psychology, cognitive efficiency, decision making

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780262037600
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Armin W. Schulz, author
University of Kansas