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On the neural implausibility of the modular mind: Evidence for distributed construction dissolves boundaries between perception, cognition, and emotion

  • Leor M. Hackel (a1), Grace M. Larson (a2), Jeffrey D. Bowen (a3), Gaven A. Ehrlich (a4), Thomas C. Mann (a5), Brianna Middlewood (a6), Ian D. Roberts (a7), Julie Eyink (a8), Janell C. Fetterolf (a9), Fausto Gonzalez (a10), Carlos O. Garrido (a6), Jinhyung Kim (a11), Thomas C. O'Brien (a12), Ellen E. O'Malley (a13), Batja Mesquita (a14) and Lisa Feldman Barrett (a15) (a16)...
Abstract

Firestone & Scholl (F&S) rely on three problematic assumptions about the mind (modularity, reflexiveness, and context-insensitivity) to argue cognition does not fundamentally influence perception. We highlight evidence indicating that perception, cognition, and emotion are constructed through overlapping, distributed brain networks characterized by top-down activity and context-sensitivity. This evidence undermines F&S's ability to generalize from case studies to the nature of perception.

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