“The Essential Circuits of Cognition”

 

“The Essential Circuits of Cognition”

Sage 4101

April 4, 2007 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

  • Abstract: Thinking occurs solely through mechanisms of the brain, and brain circuits are circuits; that is, they can be understood in computational terms. An explosion of knowledge in neuroscience and related fields is revealing the data crucial for characterizing the layout and properties of these circuits. The basic operations, overall architecture, and, most controversially, the internal representations generated by these circuits, are all unanswered questions. But findings from a range of fields enable formulation of interlocking constraints on the space of admissible answers. The simulation and analysis of brain circuits has led to derivation of a specific set of elemental and composite operations, which are hypothesized to constitute the "instruction set" of  the brain, i.e., the basic mental operations from which all complex behavioral and cognitive abilities are constructed, enabling a unified  formalism for description of human faculties ranging from perception and learning to reasoning and language.
  • Papers: Essential circuits of cognition: The brain's basic operations, architecture, and representations
  • Engines of the brain: The computational instruction set of human cognition
  • Source: Circuits; Engines
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