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    The role of models in mind and science

    Vorms, Marion and Lagnado, D. (2013) The role of models in mind and science. In: European Philosophy of Science Association Conference, 28th - 31st August 2013, Helsinki, Finland. (Unpublished)

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    During the last few decades, models have become the centre of attention in both cognitive science and philosophy of science. In cognitive science, the claim that humans reason with mental models, rather than mentally manipulate linguistic symbols, is the majority view. Similarly, philosophers of science almost unanimously acknowledge that models have to be taken as a central unit of analysis. Moreover, some philosophers of science and cognitive scientists have suggested that the cognitive hypothesis of mental models is a promising way of accounting for the use of models in science. In this paper, our goal is twofold. We would like to further develop the notion of mental models, and to explore the parallels between mental models as a concept in cognitive science, and models in science.


    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Additional Information: This paper was also presented at the "International Conference on Thinking", 4th - 6th July, 2012. Birkbeck College, London, UK (
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 10:50
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:21


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