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Uncovering unobservable cognitive mechanisms: The contribution of mathematical models

Rolf Ulrich

in Neuroimaging of Human Memory

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199217298
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696077 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217298.003.0003
Uncovering unobservable cognitive mechanisms: The contribution of mathematical models

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This chapter suggests that mathematical models are indispensable if we want to understand cognition, because these models benefit from the deductive power of mathematics. It outlines how mathematical formalization of psychological theories helps to delineate hypothetical constructs and intervening variables that mediate between input and output. This approach can improve mappings between the unobservable entities and the observable biosignals in more precise statements, as is usually the case with heuristic psychological theories.

Keywords: mathematical models; cognition; mathematics; psychological theories; biosignals

Chapter.  7224 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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