Modularity and the Social Mind

@article{Kurzban2007ModularityAT,
  title={Modularity and the Social Mind},
  author={Robert Kurzban and C. Athena Aktipis},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  year={2007},
  volume={11},
  pages={131 - 149}
}
A modular view of the mind implies that there is no unitary “self” and that the mind consists of a set of informationally encapsulated systems, many of which have functions associated with navigating an inherently ambiguous and competitive social world. It is proposed that there are a set of cognitive mechanisms—a social cognitive interface (SCI)—designed for strategic manipulation of others' representations of one's traits, abilities, and prospects. Although constrained by plausibility, these… 

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