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Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2009), 32:226-227 Cambridge University Press
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How do we get from propositions to behavior?

Daniel A. Sternberga1 and James L. McClellanda2

a1 Department of Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305
a2 Department of Psychology and the Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305.
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Mitchell et al. describe many fascinating studies, and in the process, propose what they consider to be a unified framework for human learning in which effortful, controlled learning results in propositional knowledge. However, it is unclear how any of their findings privilege a propositional account, and we remain concerned that embedding all knowledge in propositional representations obscures the tight interdependence between learning from experiences and the use of the results of learning as a basis for action.

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