Abstraction still holds its feet on the ground

Mariella Pazzaglia, Mariella Pazzaglia, Erik Leemhuis, Erik Leemhuis

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In view of current scientific knowledge, it seems premature to hypothesize a qualitative distinction between processes, networks, and structures involved in abstract processes from those based on perception, episodic, or procedural memories. Predictive thought and mental travel strongly rely, at different levels of consciousness, on past and ongoing sensory input, bodily information (e.g., interoception), and the results of perceptual elaboration.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere141
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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