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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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Less Is More

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The Anatomy of Bias

Jan Lauwereyns

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This chapter discusses the implications of the fact that individuals or organisms operate in a constrained answer space. It proposes that the reinforcing aspect of selection has been under-investigated despite the fact that bottleneck and other metaphors of selection have abounded in psychology and neuroscience alike. Horse race and other competition models are in accordance with the notion that competition raises the stakes and thus could lead to an intensification of information processing while the competition winner becomes the object of more extensive processing. This might lead to system bias for bias so that selection and bias are applied even in situations in which it would in principle be possible to be noncommittal, weighing all information equally.

Keywords:   psychology, neuroscience, competition, information processing, bias

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