Logical Form as a Determinant of Cognitive Processes

  • Michiel van Lambalgen
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6188)


We discuss a research program on reasoning patterns in subjects with autism, showing that they fail to engage in certain forms of non-monotonic reasoning that come naturally to neurotypical subjects. The striking reasoning patterns of autists occur both in verbal and in non-verbal tasks. Upon formalising the relevant non-verbal tasks, one sees that their logical form is the same as that of the verbal tasks. This suggests that logical form can play a causal role in cognitive processes, and we suggest that this logical form is actually embodied in the cognitive capacity called ’executive function’.


Executive Function Autistic Child Event Algebra Modus Ponens Competence Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michiel van Lambalgen
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  1. 1.ILLC/Department of PhilosophyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdam

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