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Connectionism : Theory and Practice - Steven Davis

Connectionism

Theory and Practice

By: Steven Davis (Editor)

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Published: 20th August 1992
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Over the last decade, an emerging form of computational modeling has steadily gained the respect of many researchers as a radically new and promising approach to cognitive science. Known by a number of names, including "connectionism," "neural networks," and "parallel distributed processing" (PDP), this method of computation attempts to model the neural processes that are assumed to underlie cognitive functions in human beings. Unlike the digital computation methods used by AI researchers, connectionist models claim to approximate the kind of spontaneous, creative, and somewhat unpredictable behavior of human agents. However, over the last few years, a heated controversy has arisen over the extent to which connectionist models are able to provide successful explanations for higher cognitive processes. A central theme of this book reviews the adequacy of recent attempts to implement higher cognitive processes in connectionist networks. Cognitive scientists, cognitive psychologists, linguists, philosophers, computer scientists, and others exploring this fascinating science will find this book essential reading.

1: G.E. Hinton and S. Becker: Using Coherence Assumptions to Discover the Underlying Causes of the Sensory Input Michael I. Jordan and Robert A. Jacobs: Comment 2: Paul M. Churchland: A Deeper Unity: Some Feyerabendian Themes in Neurocomputational Form Charles Travis: Comment 3: David E. Rumelhart: Towards a Microstructural Account of Human Reasoning 4: Mark S. Seidenberg: Connectionism without Tears Comment: Michael E.J. Masson 5: Jeffrey L. Elman: Grammatical Structure and Distributed Representations 6: Terence Horgan and John Tienson: Structured Representations in Connectionist Systems 7: John Goldsmith: Local Modelling in Phonology 8: William Ramsey: Connectionism and the Philosophy of Mental Representation 9: Steven W. Zucker, Allan Dobbins, and Lee Iverson: Connectionism and the Computational Neurobiology of Curve Detection 10: David Kirsch: PDP Learnability and Innate Knowledge of Language

ISBN: 9780195076653
ISBN-10: 0195076656
Series: New Directions in Cognitive Science (formerly Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 20th August 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 15.7  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.56