The principle of consistency and the cause and function of behaviour

@article{Kampen2019ThePO,
  title={The principle of consistency and the cause and function of behaviour},
  author={H. S. V. Kampen},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  year={2019},
  volume={159},
  pages={42-54}
}
At all levels of information processing in the brain, neural and cognitive structures tend towards a state of consistency. When two or more simultaneously active cognitive structures are logically inconsistent, arousal is increased, which activates processes with the expected consequence of increasing consistency and decreasing arousal. Increased arousal is experienced as aversive, while the expected or actual decrease in arousal as a result of increased consistency is experienced as rewarding… Expand
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