Computational limits don't fully explain human cognitive limitations

Ernest S. Davis, Gary F. Marcus

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The project of justifying all the limits and failings of human cognition as inevitable consequences of strategies that are actually optimal relative to the limits on computational resources available may have some value, but it is far from a complete explanation. It is inconsistent with both common observation and a large body of experimentation, and it is of limited use in explaining human cognition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere7
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
StatePublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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