Neuroconstructivism - II: Perspectives and Prospects (BOK)

Mark H. Johnson, Denis Mareschal, Sylvain Sirois, Gert Westermann

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What are the processes, from conception to adulthood, that enable a single cell to grow into a sentient adult? The processes that occur along the way are so complex that any attempt to understand development necessitates a multi-disciplinary approach, integrating data from cognitive studies, computational work, and neuroimaging - an approach till now seldom taken in the study of child development. Neuroconstructivism is a major new 2 volume publication that seeks to redress this balance, presenting an integrative new framework for considering development. Computer and robotic models provide concrete tools for investigating the processes and mechanisms involved in learning and development. Volume 2 illustrates the principles of Neuroconstructivist development, with contributions from 9 different labs across the world. Each of the contributions illustrates how models play a central role in understanding development. The models presented include standard connectionist neural network models as well as multi-agent models. Also included are robotic models emphasizing the need to take embodiment and brain-system interactions seriously. A model of Autism and one of Specific Language Impairment also illustrate how atypical development can be understood in terms of the typical processes of development but operating under restricted conditions. This volume complements Volume 1 by providing concrete examples of how the Neuroconstructivist principles can be grounded within a diverse range of domains, thereby shaping the research agenda in those domains.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2007 Forfatter Denis Mareschal, Gert Westermann, Mark H. Johnson, Sylvain Sirois
Oxford Primary/Secondary
ISBN 9780198529934
Antall sider 286 Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,2cm x 1,4cm
Vekt 433 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Child & developmental psychology