9780521000949

The Brain-Shaped Mind: What the Brain Can Tell Us About the Mind

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521000949

  • ISBN10:

    0521000947

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-09-17
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Will brain scientists ever be able to read our minds? Why are some things harder to remember than others? Based on recent brain research and neural network modelling, The Brain-Shaped Mind addresses these, and other, questions, and provides a clear account of how the structure of the brain influences the workings of the mind. Neuroscientists are now learning about our minds by examining how the neurones in the brain are connected with one another and the surrounding environment. This book explores how neural networks enable us to recognise objects and learn new things, and what happens when things go wrong. The reader is taken on a fascinating journey into what is arguably one of the most complicated and remarkable aspects of our lives.

Table of Contents

Preface vi
Figure permissions and acknowledgments
viii
Introduction
1(11)
What the brain cannot tell us about the mind
12(9)
How neurons form networks
21(9)
Theories and models of how the mind functions
30(10)
What are connectionist networks?
40(14)
How our networks learn
54(12)
Connecting the networks: how different things are related
66(9)
Evidence for connectionist models
75(12)
Two different types of memory
87(8)
Coping with disaster
95(13)
Practical implications
108(8)
Criticism of connectionist theory
116(13)
Annotated references and suggested readings 129(6)
Index 135

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