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Keywords:

  • Cognitive ontology;
  • Cognitive control;
  • Cognitive phenomics;
  • Cognitive tasks;
  • Informatics;
  • Response selection;
  • Cognitive neuroscience;
  • Semantics

Abstract

This article clarifies three principles that should guide the development of any cognitive ontology. First, that an adequate cognitive ontology depends essentially on an adequate task ontology; second, that the goal of developing a cognitive ontology is independent of the goal of finding neural implementations of the processes referred to in the ontology; and third, that cognitive ontologies are neutral regarding the metaphysical relationship between cognitive and neural processes.