Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Epistemological requirements for a cognitive psychology of real people

John Campion a1
a1 Bembrook Cottage, Woodmans Green, Linch, Liphook, Hants GU30 7NE, United Kingdom [email protected]


Pothos's analysis is difficult to relate to real human mental processes. He tackles four quite different areas of psychology and adduces evidence from a large number of paradigms. Yet despite this very large scope, he employs a single, simplistic descriptive framework. An epistemological analysis, supported by illustrations from real world decision-making, shows that this steers us away from, rather than towards, an understanding of real human cognitive processes.