Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Viewing cognitive mechanisms in the context of biology

Linda Hermer-Vazquez a1
a1 Department of Physiology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 11203


Cognitive mechanisms are based in organisms’biology, and results from biological studies suggest that there is unlikely to be a single mechanism for reorienting or for combining information across modules or domains. Rather, there are likely to be multiple, partly overlapping systems for accomplishing nearly all cognitive and behavioral goals, as is the case for biological mechanisms more generally.