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Cognitive Modularity


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Part of my research focuses on the role played by the modularity hypothesis in current cognitive science. The question of how to identify isolable cognitive domains and the processes underlying these domains has been a central issue in the philosophical, psychological and neuroscientific debate of the last decades. What is a module? What are its core features? Are there empirical criteria to isolate cognitive systems characterized by modular properties?
My interest in the modularity hypothesis was originally triggered by the question of what we can infer from functional brain imaging results about the functional specialization of different areas in the human brain and human cognitive architecture. I also studied the role modularity criteria play in the rationale for a binding problem in human perception.

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