Neural Basis of Analogical Processing

Prof. Yoon Suck Choe

Department of Computer Science at Texas A&M University

2002. 5. 29

Shepard and Chipman's second order isomorphism describes how the brain may represent the relations in the world.  However, a common interpretation of the theory can cause difficulties. The problem originates from the static nature of representations. In an alternative interpretation, I propose that we assign an active role to the internal representations and relations. It turns out that a collection of such active units can perform analogical tasks. The new interpretation is supported by the existence of neural circuits that may be implementing such a function.  Within this framework, perception, cognition, and motor function can be understood under a unifying principle of analogy.

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