Deep Learning: How the Mind Overrides Experience by Stellan OhlssonDeep Learning: How the Mind Overrides Experience by Stellan Ohlsson

Deep Learning: How the Mind Overrides Experience

byStellan Ohlsson

Hardcover | January 31, 2011

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Although the ability to retain, process, and project prior experience onto future situations is indispensable, the human mind also possesses the ability to override experience and adapt to changing circumstances. Cognitive scientist Stellan Ohlsson analyzes three types of deep, non-monotonic cognitive change: creative insight, adaptation of cognitive skills by learning from errors, and conversion from one belief to another, incompatible belief. For each topic, Ohlsson summarizes past research, re-formulates the relevant research questions, and proposes information-processing mechanisms that answer those questions. The three theories are based on the principles of redistribution of activation, specialization of practical knowledge, and re-subsumption of declarative information. Ohlsson develops the implications of those mechanisms by scaling their effects with respect to time, complexity, and social interaction. The book ends with a unified theory of non-monotonic cognitive change that captures the abstract properties that the three types of change share.
Title:Deep Learning: How the Mind Overrides ExperienceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:540 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.3 inPublished:January 31, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521835682

ISBN - 13:9780521835688

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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: 1. The need to override experience; 2. The nature of the enterprise; Part II. Creativity: 3. The production of novelty; 4. Creative insight: the redistribution theory; 5. Creative insight writ large; Part III. Adaptation: 6. The growth of competence; 7. Error correction: the specialization theory; 8. Error correction in context; Part IV. Conversion: 9. The formation of belief; 10. Belief revision: the resubsumption theory; Part V. Conclusion: 11. Elements of a unified theory; 12. The recursion curse.

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"Deep Learning: How the Mind Overrides Experience is not only breathtaking in scope and intellectual range, but also beautifully written and completely engaging.... Ohlsson's masterful book on Deep Learning should help put non-monotonic learning on the radar screen of cognitive psychologists as a central topic for further investigation and theory building.... Deep Learning is a book organized around one central hypothesis, but it is not a one-note book. The wealth of detail, the specific examples, and the precision in formulating his many ideas make this book an incredibly rich read." -Carol L. Smith, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts at Boston, International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group Newsletter