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Habit formation generates secondary modules that emulate the efficiency of evolved behavior

  • Samuel A. Nordli (a1) and Peter M. Todd (a1)

Abstract

We discuss the evolutionary implications of connections drawn between the authors' learned “secondary modules” and the habit-formation system that appears to be ubiquitous among vertebrates. Prior to any subsequent coevolution with social learning, we suggest that aspects of general intelligence likely arose in tandem with mechanisms of adaptive motor control that rely on basal ganglia circuitry.

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