Rethinking Innateness: A Connectionist Perspective on Development

Rethinking Innateness: A Connectionist Perspective on Development

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Overview

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. While relying heavily on the conceptual and computational tools provided by connectionism, Rethinking Innateness also identifies ways in which these tools need to be enriched by closer attention to biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262050524
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/15/1996
Series: Neural Network Modeling and Connectionism Series
Pages: 468
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 9.17(h) x 1.27(d)

About the Author

Formerly a research collaborator of Piaget and Inhelder at Geneva University, Annette Karmiloff-Smith is Senior Research Scientist with Special Appointment at the MRC Cognitive Development Unit in London, and Professor of Psychology at University College, London.

Table of Contents

Series foreword
Preface
1 New perspectives on
development
2 Why connectionism?
3 Ontogenetic development:
A connectionist synthesis
4 The shape of change
5 Brain development
6 Interactions, all the way down
7 Rethinking innateness
References
Subject indeX

What People are Saying About This

Dr. Dorothy Bishop

This a landmark publication in developmental psychology, bringing together ideas from cognitive psychology, connectionist modelling, neurobiology and dynamical systems theory. What makes this book so unusual and effective is that it is not the usual edited collection of papers, but is co-authored by an internationally renowned group of six authors, each with a different persepctive on the problems of explaining developmental processes. To produce this book, they had to work together to forge links between very different domains, and the synthesis they achieve is remarkable for the new insights it provides into old questions about innate versus acquired sources of knowledge and the nature of cognitive development.

From the Publisher

"Rethinking Innateness is a milestone as important as theappearance ten years ago of the PDP books. More integratedin its structure, more biological in its approach, this bookprovides a new theoretical framework for cognition that isbased on dynamics, growth, and learning. Study this book if youare interested in how minds emerge from developing brains." Terrence J. Sejnowski,Professor, Salk Institute forBiological Studies

Terrence J. Sejnowski

Rethinking Innateness is a milestone as important as the appearance ten years ago of the PDP books. More integrated in its structure,more biological in its approach, this book provides a new theoretical framework for cognition that is based on dynamics, growth, and learning. Study this book if you are interested in how minds emerge from developing brains.

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