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Connectionism : Theory and Practice - Steven Davis


Theory and Practice

By: Steven Davis (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th August 1992
ISBN: 9780195076660
Number Of Pages: 336

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This is the third volume in the Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science Series. It is based on a conference that was held in 1990, which was sponsored by the Cognitive Science Program and Linguistics Department of Simon Fraser University. Over the last decade, there has emerged a paradigm of cognitive modeling that has been hailed by many researchers as a radically new and promising approach to cognitive science. This new paradigm has come to be known by a number of names, including "connectionism", "neural networks", and "parallel distributed processing", (or PDP). This method of computation attempts to model the neural processes that are thought 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 unpredicatable 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.

1: G.E. Hinton and S. Becker: Using Coherence Assumptions to Discover the Underlying Causes of the Sensory Input 2: Paul M. Churchland: A Deeper Unity: Some Feerabendian Themes in Neurocomputational Form 3: David E. Rumelhart: Towards a Microstructural Account of Human Reasoning 4: Mark S. Seidenberg: Connectionism without Tears 5: Jeffrey L. Elman: Grammatical Structure and Distributed Representations 6: Structured Representations in Connectionist Systems? Terence Horgan and John Tienson 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 Kirsh: PDP Learnability and Innate Knowledge of Language

ISBN: 9780195076660
ISBN-10: 0195076664
Series: Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 20th August 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.08 x 14.68  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.46