The box diagram (not the photos) is taken from “Two Related Themes What are the functions of vision? How did human language evolve? (Languages are needed for internal information processing).
Sloman’s Sloman’s diagram shows different stages at which the environment influences processes, e.g.:
• during development of seed, egg, or embryo, and subsequent growth (i.e. it is not all controlled by DNA)
• triggering meta-competences to produce new competences or new meta-competences (e.g. after previous competences have produced exploratory and learning processes)
• during the triggering and deployment of the competences to produce behaviours
see also: Chappell & Sloman (2007) on Cognitive epigenesis.”
“In reactive components many (but not all) of the processes will involve continuous control. In deliberative and some meta-management components much will be discrete.”