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Rethinking Innateness: Connectionist Perspective on Development

Rethinking Innateness: Connectionist Perspective on Development

Paperback Neural Network Modeling & Connectionism

By (author) Jeffrey L. Elman, By (author) Elizabeth A. Bates, By (author) Mark H. Johnson, By (author) Annette Karmiloff-Smith, By (author) Domenico Parisi, By (author) Kim Plunkett

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  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback | 450 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 24mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 5 March 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 026255030X
  • ISBN 13: 9780262550307
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 351,687

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Rethinking Innateness asks the question, "What does it really mean to say that a behavior is innate?" The authors describe a new framework in which interactions, occurring at all levels, give rise to emergent forms and behaviors. These outcomes often may be highly constrained and universal, yet are not themselves directly contained in the genes in any domain-specific way. One of the key contributions of Rethinking Innateness is a taxonomy of ways in which a behavior can be innate. These include constraints at the level of representation, architecture, and timing; typically, behaviors arise through the interaction of constraints at several of these levels.The ideas are explored through dynamic models inspired by a new kind of "developmental connectionism," a marriage of connectionist models and developmental neurobiology, forming a new theoretical framework for the study of behavioral development. While relying heavily on the conceptual and computational tools provided by connectionism, Rethinking Innateness also identifies ways in which these tools need to be enriched by closer attention to biology.

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"Rethinking Innateness is a milestone as important as theappearance ten years ago of the PDP books. More integratedin its structure, more biological in its approach, this bookprovides a new theoretical framework for cognition that isbased on dynamics, growth, and learning. Study this book if youare interested in how minds emerge from developing brains." Terrence J. Sejnowski, Professor, Salk Institute forBiological Studies

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Rethinking Innateness asks the question, "What does it really mean to say that a behavior is innate?" The authors describe a new framework in which interactions, occurring at all levels, give rise to emergent forms and behaviors. These outcomes often may be highly constrained and universal, yet they are not themselves directly contained in the genes in any domain-specific way. One of the key contributions of Rethinking Innateness is a taxonomy of ways in which a behavior can be innate. These include constraints at the level of representation, architecture, and timing; typically, behaviors arise through the interaction of constraints at several of these levels. The ideas are explored through dynamic models inspired by a new kind of "developmental connectionism", a marriage of connectionist models and developmental neurobiology, forming a new theoretical framework for the study of behavioral development. While relying heavily on the conceptual and computational tools provided by connectionism, Rethinking Innateness also identifies ways in which these tools need to be enriched by closer attention to biology.