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1. Inside the Brain: Hacks 1–12 > 1. Find Out How the Brain Works Without Looki...

Find Out How the Brain Works Without Looking Inside

How do you tell what’s inside a black box without looking in it? This is the challenge the mind presents to cognitive psychology.

Cognitive psychology is the psychology of the basic mental processes—things like perception, attention, memory, language, decision-making. It asks the question, “What are the fundamental operations on which mind is based?”

The problem is, although you can measure what goes into someone’s head (the input) and measure roughly what they do (the output), this doesn’t tell you anything about what goes on in between. It’s a black box, a classic reverse engineering problem. 1 How can we figure out how it works without looking at the code?


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