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Alternatives to Cognition by Christina Lee

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Chapter 4

Thinking Makes It So: The Presumption That Cognition Causes Everything

… it is likely that other non-cognitive variables are important in the determination of … behaviour. As they stand, most of the currently employed models are not placed in a wider context, and as a result do not consider broader social, economic and environmental influences on behaviour … these factors are only seen to have an indirect influence on behaviour through their effect on an individual’s cognitions.

—Norman and Conner (1993, p. 459)

It is of course necessary for scientific fields to have working assumptions about their subject matter. Theories act as simplified models of reality, which provide a basis on which ideas can be explored (Chalmers, 1982). Human ...

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