A symbolic/subsymbolic interface protocol for cognitive modeling

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A symbolic/subsymbolic interface protocol for cognitive modeling
Researchers studying complex cognition have grown increasingly interested in mapping symbolic cognitive architectures onto subsymbolic brain models. Such a mapping seems essential for understanding cognition under all but the most extreme viewpoints (namely, that cognition consists exclusively of digitally implemented rules; or instead, involves no rules whatsoever). Making this mapping reduces to specifying an interface between symbolic and subsymbolic descriptions of brain activity. To that end, we propose parameterization techniques for building cognitive models as programmable, structured, recurrent neural networks. Feedback strength in these models determines whether their components implement classically subsymbolic neural network functions (e.g., pattern recognition), or instead, logical rules and digital memory. These techniques support the implementation of limited production systems. Though inherently sequential and symbolic, these neural production systems can exploit princ...
Patrick Simen, Thad A. Polk
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Updated 27 Jan 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where IGPL
Authors Patrick Simen, Thad A. Polk
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