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Dynamic and connectionist approaches to development: toward a future of mutually beneficial co-evolution

Thomas, Michael S.C. and McClelland, J.L. and Richardson, Fiona M. and Shapiro, A.C. and Baughman, Frank D. (2009) Dynamic and connectionist approaches to development: toward a future of mutually beneficial co-evolution. In: Spencer, J. (ed.) Toward a Unified Theory of Development: Connectionism and Dynamic System Theory Re-Considered. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195300598.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300598...

Abstract

A tension has existed between connectionism and dynamic systems theory (DST), and this chapter considers why this should be the case. The chapter argues that much of the tension arises from a tenet that the two approaches share: they both rely on the explicit, quantitative instantiation of ideas in mathematical or computational models. The use of such models is responsible for much of the theoretical progress generated by connectionism and DST beyond the theories of good old-fashioned cognitive development (GOFCD). But the use of explicit, quantitative models brings with it a new set of problems. The chapter discusses several consequences of the use of such models and considers three points of apparent disagreement between connectionism and DST.

Item Type: Book Section
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): connectionism, dynamic systems theory, good old-fashioned cognitive development, computational models
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2011 09:02
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:17
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/1559

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