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Modeling developmental cognitive neuroscience

Westermann, Gert and Sirois, Sylvain and Shultz, Thomas R. and Mareschal, Denis (2006) Modeling developmental cognitive neuroscience. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10 (5). pp. 227-232. ISSN 1364-6613

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Abstract

In the past few years connectionist models have greatly contributed to formulating theories of cognitive development. Some of these models follow the approach of developmental cognitive neuroscience in exploring interactions between brain development and cognitive development by integrating structural change into learning. We describe two classes of these models. The first focuses on experience-dependent structural elaboration within a brain region by adding or deleting units and connections during learning. The second models the gradual integration of different brain areas based on combinations of experience-dependent and maturational factors. These models provide new theories of the mechanisms of cognitive change in various domains and they offer an integrated framework to study normal and abnormal development, and normal and impaired adult processing.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: FUNCTIONAL BRAIN-DEVELOPMENT ; CONNECTIONIST NETWORKS ; NEURAL-NETWORKS ; INFANT ; MECHANISMS ; DISORDERS ; SYSTEMS ; SPECIALIZATION ; ACQUISITION ; PLASTICITY
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 50894
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2011 14:42
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:49
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50894

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