Conscious thought as simulation of behaviour and perception.

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A 'simulation' theory of cognitive function can be based on three assumptions about brain function. First, behaviour can be simulated by activating motor structures, as during an overt action but suppressing its execution. Second, perception can be simulated by internal activation of sensory cortex, as during normal perception of external stimuli. Third, both overt and covert actions can elicit perceptual simulation of their normal consequences. A large body of evidence supports these assumptions. It is argued that the simulation approach can explain the relations between motor, sensory and cognitive functions and the appearance of an inner world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-247
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Neurosciences


  • visual imagery
  • associative learning
  • motor imagery
  • simulation
  • consciousness
  • thinking


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