Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Continuing Commentary
Martha J. Farah (1994). Neuropsychological inference with an interactive brain: A critique of the “locality” assumption. BBS 17:43–104.

ERPs and the modularity of cognitive processes

Valerie Gray Hardcastle a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0126


Farah argues that nonlocal models explain clinical data better. However, the locality assumption does not seem so implausible if different sorts of data are taken into account. In particular, priming experiments using evoked response potentials support modularity. I describe some ERP studies relevant to this issue.