Rethinking Innateness by Jeffrey L. Elman
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Rethinking Innateness
By Jeffrey L. Elman

Rethinking Innateness

A Connectionist Perspective on Development

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Rethinking Innateness by Jeffrey L. Elman

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262550307
ISBN-10: 026255030X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 450
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Mar-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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This text is the companion volume to "Rethinking Innateness: A Connectionist Perspective on Development". It provides concrete illustrations - in the form of computer simulations - of properties of connectionist models that are particularly relevant to cognitive development.

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