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Cognitive BiologyDealing with Information from Bacteria to Minds$
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Gennaro Auletta

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199608485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608485.001.0001

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Decisional, Emotional, and Cognitive Systems

Decisional, Emotional, and Cognitive Systems

(p.440) 14 Decisional, Emotional, and Cognitive Systems
Cognitive Biology

Gennaro Auletta

Oxford University Press

Cerebral systems have proper procedures, which do not possess survival value (have no vital meaning). The concept of system turns out to be a sophistication of the notion of structure. As such a system does not need to be localized but can be distributed across several brain areas. Instead, functions (like behavior, learning, and memory) are (by definition) aimed at satisfying vital needs.

Keywords:   system, structure, cognitive system, emotional system, decisional system, supplementary selection, behavior, learning, memory, mammal, play

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