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Neural Redundancy and Its Relation to Neural Reuse

Academic Journal article by John Zerilli

Neural Redundancy and Its Relation to Neural Reuse. Philosophy of Science (2019), 86(5), 1191-1201.

Abstract: Evidence of the pervasiveness of neural reuse in the human brain has forced a revision of the standard conception of modularity in the cognitive sciences. One persistent line of argument against such revision, however, cites the evidence of cognitive dissociations. While this article takes the dissociations seriously, it contends that the traditional modular account is not the best explanation. The key to the puzzle is neural redundancy. The article offers both a philosophical analysis of the relation between reuse and redundancy as well as a plausible solution to the problem of dissociations.

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