How building physical models can reduce and guide the abstraction of nature

Malcolm A. MacIver*

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Abstract

Animals detect and acquire resources through a sequence of shape changes. This process is tightly coupled to the sensory and mechanical ecology of the animal. Building physical models allow us to prescind from modeling these aspects of the environment, which may not yet be described or suitably abstracted. The significance of this hybrid of physical modeling and experimentation to the acquisition of scientific knowledge is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1066-1067
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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