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


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.