Neuroconstructivism - II: Perspectives and prospects

Paperback | February 18, 2007

byDenis Mareschal, Sylvain Sirois, Gert Westermann

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What are the processes, from conception to adulthood, that enable a single cell to grow into a sentient adult? The processes that occur along the way are so complex that any attempt to understand development necessitates a multi-disciplinary approach, integrating data from cognitive studies,computational work, and neuroimaging - an approach till now seldom taken in the study of child development. Neuroconstructivism is a major new 2 volume publication that seeks to redress this balance, presenting an integrative new framework for considering development. Computer and robotic models provide concrete tools for investigating the processes and mechanisms involved in learning and development.Volume 2 illustrates the principles of Neuroconstructivist development, with contributions from 9 different labs across the world. Each of the contributions illustrates how models play a central role in understanding development. The models presented include standard connectionist neural networkmodels as well as multi-agent models. Also included are robotic models emphasizing the need to take embodiment and brain-system interactions seriously. A model of Autism and one of Specific Language Impairment also illustrate how atypical development can be understood in terms of the typicalprocesses of development but operating under restricted conditions. This volume complements Volume 1 by providing concrete examples of how the Neuroconstructivist principles can be grounded within a diverse range of domains, thereby shaping the research agenda in those domains.

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What are the processes, from conception to adulthood, that enable a single cell to grow into a sentient adult? The processes that occur along the way are so complex that any attempt to understand development necessitates a multi-disciplinary approach, integrating data from cognitive studies,computational work, and neuroimaging - an app...

Denis Mareschal is at Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Sylvain Sirois is at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, UK. Gert Westermann is at the Department of Psychology, Oxford Brookes University, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:February 18, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Denis Mareschal, Sylvain Sirois, and Gert Westermann: Introduction2. James A Bednar and Risto Miikkulainen: Constructing visual function through prenatal and postnatal learning3. Melissa Dominguez and Robert A Jacobs: Learning the best first: interactions between visual development and learning4. Thomas R Shultz, Shreesh P Mysore, and Steven R Quartz: Why let networks grow?5. Maartje E J Raijmakers: Modeling cognitive developmental transitions in neural networks: bifurcations in an adaptive resonance theory model6. Matthew Schlesinger and Domenico Parisi: Connectionism in an artificial life perspective: simulating motor, cognitive and language development7. Yiannis Demiris: Using robots to study the mechanisms of imitation8. Olaf Sporns: What neuro-robotic models can teach us about neural and cognitive development9. Marc F Joanisse: Phonological deficits and developmental language impairments: evidence from connectionist models10. Ira L Cohen: A neural network model of autism: implications for theory and treatment11. Mark H Johnson and Denis Mareschal: Conclusion - the future of neuroconstructivism

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"A very exciting and important book, and a significant advance in our understanding of brain and behavioral development." --Jeff Elman, Professor of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego "Manages to provide specific useful information and does so while maintaining a connection to functional issues. For more advanced readers interested in computational modeling, this book provides a worthwhile read."--Doody's