Is cultivating “biological blindness” a viable route to understanding behavioral phenomena?

A Olsson, A Öhman: Is cultivating “biological blindness” a viable route to understanding behavioral phenomena?. In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32 (02), pp. 220, 2009, ISSN: 0140-525X.

Abstract

Mitchell et al. propose that associative learning in humans and other animals requires the formation of propositions by means of conscious and controlled reasoning. This approach neglects important aspects of current thinking in evolutionary biology and neuroscience that support the claim that learning, here exemplified by fear learning, neither needs to be conscious nor controlled.