Brown Bag du 16/10/17 à 11h30 Francois Osiurak

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Neurocognitive bases of human tool use

Tool use is a defining feature of human species. So, the issue of the underlying neurocognitive bases should be intensively explored. Yet, this issue has received very little interest, notably because of the profound belief that tool use is based on learned motor programs, as if it did not require any reasoning skills. In this talk, I will discuss recent advances in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience that have contributed (1) to revise the idea that these so-called motor programs are central to tool use and (2) to support a reasoning-based approach to human tool use.