Minds and Machines: Connectionism and Psychological Modeling

Minds and Machines: Connectionism and Psychological Modeling

Editor(s): Michael R. W. Dawson

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405113489

Online ISBN: 9780470752999

DOI: 10.1002/9780470752999

About this Book

Minds and Machines: Connectionism and Psychological Modeling examines different kinds of models and investigates some of the basic properties of connectionism in the context of synthetic psychology, including detailed accounts of how the internal structure of connectionist networks can be interpreted.


  • Introduces connectionist models as tools that are both synthetic and representational and which can be used as the basis for conducting synthetic psychology.
  • Includes distinctively varied account of modeling, historical overview of the synthetic approach, and unique perspectives on connectionism.
  • Investigates basic properties of connectionism in the context of synthetic psychology, including detailed accounts of how the internal structure can be interpreted.
  • Provides supplementary material online at www.bcp.psych.ualberta.ca/~mike/Book2/ which includes free software for conducting connectionist simulations and instructions for building simple robots.

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