Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Is the self-organizing consciousness framework compatible with human deductive reasoning?

Pierre Barrouillet a1 and Henry Markovits a2
a1 Université de Bourgogne, LEAD-CNRS, Pôle AAFE, Dijon, France
a2 Département de psychologie, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada


As stressed by Perruchet & Vinter, the SOC model echoes Johnson-Laird's mental model theory. Indeed, the latter rejects rule-based processing and assumes that reasoning is achieved through the manipulation of conscious representations. However, the mental model theory as well as its modified versions resorts to the abstraction of complex schemas and some form of implicit logic that seems incompatible with the SOC approach.