Monday, October 16, 2006

Internal brain/mental clock as domain-general mechanism

It is an assumption of the IQ Brain Clock blog, based on my reading of the extant psychological and neuroscience literature, that a master internal master clock can be conceptualized as a domain-general cognitive mechanism. A few comments by what I mean by domain-general:
  • There is a long-standing tradition within psychological research to search for general principles or cognitive mechanisms that can be used to address all aspects of behavior and cognition (e.g., g or general intelligence)
  • Such mechanisms are not tied to any specific content or domain and can be applied to a wide range of novel problems and domains of performance
  • “Jack-of-all-trades” mechanisms (Chiappe & McDonald,2005)

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