Cognition and evolution - An organization of action perspective

Toates, F. (1995). Cognition and evolution - An organization of action perspective. Behavioural Processes, 35(1-3) pp. 239–250.

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Abstract

It is argued that the term ‘cognition’ should be used to refer to a particular class of behavioural process involving off-line representation of the world. The evolutionary advantage of such processing in terms of flexibility in the production of behaviour is discussed as well as disadvantages in terms of speed and cost. The advantages and disadvantages of alternative processes are also discussed. In developing the argument, cognition is related to motivation and affect.

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