Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Do the cognitive and behavioral sciences need each other?

David W. Jr. Gow a1
a1 Cognitive/Behavioral Neurology Group, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114.

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Game theory provides a descriptive or a normative account of an important class of decisions. Given the cognitive sciences' emphasis on explanation, unification with the behavioral sciences under a descriptive model would constitute a step backwards in their development. I argue for the interdependence of the cognitive and behavioral sciences and suggest that meaningful integration is already occurring through problem-based interdisciplinary research programs.

(Published Online April 27 2007)