Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

On the coexistence of cognitivism and intertemporal bargaining

Keith E. Stanovich a1
a1 Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6, Canada


Although Ainslie rejects cognitivism as providing an explanation of willpower, a type of nonhomuncular cognitivism is hiding in his own proposal. The key mental mechanism of aggregating individual decisions (bundled reframings) involves representation and decoupling operations encompassed within the analytic system of dual-process mental architectures.