New paper: Chasing the neural basis of human symbolic intelligence
The first fMRI study on the neural representation of the logical connectives AND, OR and IF.
A defining trait of human cognition is the capacity to form compounds out of simple thoughts. This ability relies on the logical connectives AND, OR and IF. Simple propositions, e.g., ‘There is a fork’ and ‘There is a knife’, can be combined in alternative ways using logical connectives: e.g., ‘There is a fork AND there is a knife’, ‘There is a fork OR there is a knife’, ‘IF there is a fork, there is a knife’. How does the brain represent compounds based on different logical connectives, and how are compounds evaluated in relation to new facts?
Baggio, G., Cherubini, P., Pischedda, D., Blumenthal, A., Haynes, J.-D., & Reverberi, C. (2016). Multiple neural representations of elementary logical connectives. NeuroImage. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.04.061
Written by Carlo Reverberi