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How many Neurons for your ‘Grandmother' ? Three Arguments for Localised Representations

Presented at Sapporo (Japan), August 1-4, 2012
PublisherAustin, TX : Cognitive Science Society
Publication date2012

In a recent article, Bowers (2009) argues that local representations are more consistent with neuro-biological data than distributed representations, as typically generated in Parallel Distributed Processing (PDP) models. We present three reasons why localised neural representations are good candidates for supporting mental representations, as they provide a solution to the trade-off between combinatorial arguments that favour fully-distributed representations and metabolic arguments which favour localist representations.

  • Distributed representations
  • Local representations
  • Self-organising maps
  • Synaptic pruning
  • Brain metabolism
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MAYOR, Julien, PLUNKETT, Kim. How many Neurons for your ‘Grandmother” ? Three Arguments for Localised Representations. In: Building Bridges Across Cognitive Sciences Around the World. Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Sapporo (Japan). Austin, TX : Cognitive Science Society, 2012. p. 1990–1995.
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