The bottleneck may be the solution, not the problem

Arnon Lotem, Oren Kolodny, Joseph Y. Halpern, Luca Onnis, Shimon Edelman

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As a highly consequential biological trait, a memory "bottleneck" cannot escape selection pressures. It must therefore co-evolve with other cognitive mechanisms rather than act as an independent constraint. Recent theory and an implemented model of language acquisition suggest that a limit on working memory may evolve to help learning. Furthermore, it need not hamper the use of language for communication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e83
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
National Science Foundation1214844


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