The Evolution of Domain-General Mechanisms in Intelligence and Learning

  title={The Evolution of Domain-General Mechanisms in Intelligence and Learning},
  author={Dan Chiappe and Kevin Macdonald},
  journal={The Journal of General Psychology},
  pages={40 - 5}
For both humans and animals, domain-general mechanisms are fallible but powerful tools for attaining evolutionary goals (e.g., resources) in uncertain, novel environments that were not recurrent features of the environment of evolutionary adaptedness. Domain-general mechanisms interact in complex ways with domain-specific, information-encapsulated modules, most importantly by manipulating information obtained from various modules in attempting to solve novel problems. Mechanisms of general… Expand
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