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Rethinking Innateness: A Connectionist Perspective on Development (Neural Network Modeling and Connectionism)

 
 
 
 
Rethinking Innateness: A Connectionist Perspective on Development (Neural Network Modeling and Connectionism)
Author: Jeffrey L. Elman - Elizabeth A. Bates - Mark H. Jo
ISBN 13: 9780262550307
ISBN 10: 26255030
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: A Bradford Book / The MIT Press
Publication Date: 1997-11-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 447
List Price: $38.00
 
 

Rethinking Innateness asks the question, "What does it really mean to say that a behavior is innate?" The authors describe a new framework in which interactions, occurring at all levels, give rise to emergent forms and behaviors. These outcomes often may be highly constrained and universal, yet are not themselves directly contained in the genes in any domain-specific way.

One of the key contributions of Rethinking Innateness is a taxonomy of ways in which a behavior can be innate. These include constraints at the level of representation, architecture, and timing; typically, behaviors arise through the interaction of constraints at several of these levels. The ideas are explored through dynamic models inspired by a new kind of "developmental connectionism," a marriage of connectionist models and developmental neurobiology, forming a new theoretical framework for the study of behavioral development.