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The Anatomy of BiasHow Neural Circuits Weigh the Options$
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Jan Lauwereyns

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262123105

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262123105.001.0001

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The Anatomy of Bias

Jan Lauwereyns

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This chapter explains the implementation of the reward factor in neural mechanisms for information processing. It hypothesizes the existence of simpler forms of longing and yearning, needing and wanting. These are prospective mechanisms that exist before language but are structurally directly related to the more complex, linguistically mediated versions. Researchers have conducted several studies and developed assumptions regarding linguistic mechanisms involved in developing such cognitive processes among human beings. They have developed experimental processes to accurately define mechanisms, ranging from prelinguistic to more complex ones that influence senses of consciousness and desire among human beings for certain objects and tools of imagination. The chapter also relates neuroeconomics and perspectives from evolutionary psychology, literary, philosophical, and psychoanalytic approaches to the concept of desire.

Keywords:   reward, information processing, linguistic mechanisms, neuroeconomics, consciousness

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