Artificial Neural Nets
David at longley.demon.co.uk
Wed Apr 26 06:46:20 EST 1995
In article <3njd56$db0 at mozo.cc.purdue.edu>
gfrancis at psych.purdue.edu "Greg Francis" writes:
> Can anybody give me examples where neurophysiology studies produced better (or
> even different) theories of cognition? (I will not accept general claims of
> modularity, distributed coding, and the like, I am looking for something
> Greg Francis, PhD | "It's the opposite of fun. It's golf."
> Cognitive Psychology | Ellen Degeneres, "These Friends Of Mine"
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> Assistant Professor | NeXTMail OK.
One specific research programme which I always felt was on the right track
and was an example to us all, was Richard Thompson's group working on a
'Systems Approach' to understanding Classical Conditioning. Using rabbit
Nictitating Membrane Responses and all of the fancy scheduling used by the
leaders in experimental psychology (animal), they seemed to be doing more
or less what my colleagues at N.I.M.R were doing..... but with behaviour.
Since most working in the Classical Conditioning field seem quite content
to use 'cognitive' language when discussing the *relations* which are
established in the *conditioning* process, I have never really understood
why everyone interested in understanding how we or other animals *actually*
work (rather than how we might build *intelligent machines*) should choose
to work any other way. In some of their early work they convinced me that
the hippocampus was necessary for various elements of temporal conditioning.
Not much of a response I'm afraid, but it is a strongly held one.
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