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A hypothesis about the biological basis of expert intuition

Chassy, Philippe and Gobet, Fernand ORCID: 0000-0002-9317-6886 (2011) A hypothesis about the biological basis of expert intuition. Review of General Psychology, 15 (3). 198 - 212. ISSN 1089-2680

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Identification Number: 10.1037/a0023958


It is well established that intuition plays an important role in experts' decision making and thinking generally. However, the theories that have been developed at the cognitive level have limits in their explanatory power and lack detailed explanation of the underlying biological mechanisms. In this paper, we bridge this gap by proposing that Hebb's (1949) concept of cell assembly is the biological realization of Simon's (1974) concept of chunking. This view provides mechanisms at the biological level that are consistent with both biological and psychological findings. To further address the limits of previous theories, we introduce emotions as a component of intuition by showing how they modulate the perception-memory interaction. The idea that intuition lies at the crossroads between perception, knowledge, and emotional modulation sheds new light on the phenomena of expertise and intuition.

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Additional Information: © 2011 American Psychological Association
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2019 11:51
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:56

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