Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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The problem with using associations to carry binding information

Leonidas A. A. Doumas a1 , Keith J. Holyoak a1 and John E. Hummel a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA 90095-1563

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van der Velde & de Kamps argue for the importance of considering the binding problem in accounts of human mental representation. However, their proposed solution fails as a complete account because it represents the bindings between roles and their fillers through associations (or connections). In addition, many criticisms leveled by the authors towards synchrony-based bindings models do not hold.