Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Representing is more than emulating

Hongbin Wang a1 and Yingrui Yang a2
a1 School of Health Information Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX 77030
a2 Department of Cognitive Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180


Mental representations are more than emulations. Different types of representations, including external representations, various mental models (distorted and abstract), and emulative models, can all play important roles in human cognition. To explain cognitive performance in a specific task, a systematic analysis of the underlying representational structures and their interactions is needed.