Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Has the brain evolved to answer “binding questions” or to generate likely hypotheses about complex and continuously changing environments?

Birgitta Dresp a1 and Jean Charles Barthaud a2
a1 CNRS, 34293 Montpellier Cedex 5, France
a2 Laboratoire “Etudes des Mécanismes Cognitifs (EMC),” Université de Lyon 2, Campus Porte des Alpes, 69676 Bron Cedex, France

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dresp b   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
barthaud jc   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 


We question the ecological plausibility as a general model of cognition of van der Velde's & de Kamps's combinatorial blackboard architecture, where knowledge-binding in space and time relies on the structural rules of language. Evidence against their view of the brain and an ecologically plausible, alternative model of cognition are brought forward.