Daniel Burnston

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Intentions are commonly conceived of as discrete mental states that are the direct cause of actions. In the last several decades, neuroscientists have taken up the project of finding the neural implementation of intentions, and a number of areas have been posited as implementing these states. We argue, however, that the processes underlying action(More)
Diagrams have distinctive characteristics that make them an effective medium for communicating research findings, but they are even more impressive as tools for scientific reasoning. Focusing on circadian rhythm research in biology to explore these roles, we examine diagrammatic formats that have been devised (a) to identify and illuminate circadian(More)
Cognitive scientists have shown increased interest in diagrams in recent years, but most of the focus has been on spatial representation, not conventions for representing time. We explore a variety of ways in which time is represented in diagrams by one research community: scientists investigating circadian rhythms at the behavioral and molecular levels.(More)
Many in cognitive science have noted the importance of external visualizations for reasoning and learning, and have suggested that such visualizations play a role in complex reasoning contexts such as scientific investigation. However, what cognitive role diagrams play in scientific reasoning is unclear. I suggest that mechanistic diagrams function as(More)
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