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The Four Causes of Behavior.
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PMID:  19081757     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Comprehension of a phenomenon involves identifying its origin, structure, substrate, and function, and representing these factors in some formal system. Aristotle provided a clear specification of these kinds of explanation, which he called efficient causes (triggers), formal causes (models), material causes (substrates or mechanisms), and final causes (functions). In this article, Aristotle's framework is applied to conditioning and the computation-versus-association debate. The critical empirical issue is early versus late reduction of information to disposition. Automata theory provides a grammar for models of conditioning and information processing in which that constraint can be represented.
Peter R Killeen
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Title:  Current directions in psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1467-8721     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Dir Psychol Sci     Publication Date:  2001 Aug 
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Created Date:  2009-3-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9211588     Medline TA:  Curr Dir Psychol Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  136-140     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
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K05 MH001293-05//NIMH NIH HHS

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