Representation in Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Alfredo PereiraJr.


This article discusses the possible representational nature of two brain cognitive functions: perceptual and executive. Assuming the Newellian definition of representational processes as those that establish an isomorphic relation between two structures, I claim that perceptual processes generate only a partial correspondence (between stimuli properties and brain states) and therefore should not be properly conceived as representational. On the other hand, executive processes encompass the combination of copies (i.e., representations) of perceptual patterns, generating new patterns that subserve behavior. In summary, I criticize the notion of perceptual representations, and propose that brain representational processes are related to executive functions, having a pragmatic dimension.


Spike Train Cognitive Neuroscience Brain State Informational Pattern Executive System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfredo PereiraJr.
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  1. 1.Institute de BiocienciasUNESP (Universidade Estadual Paulista)Botucatu, Sao PauloBrasil

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