On leave from the School Computer Science, Tel-Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69678, Israel.
Towards structural systematicity in distributed, statically bound visual representations
Article first published online: 11 FEB 2010
© 2003 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Volume 27, Issue 1, pages 73–109, January 2003
How to Cite
Edelman, S. and Intrator, N. (2003), Towards structural systematicity in distributed, statically bound visual representations. Cognitive Science, 27: 73–109. doi: 10.1207/s15516709cog2701_3
- Issue published online: 11 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 11 FEB 2010
- Received 27 July 2001; received in revised form 13 March 2002; accepted 28 October 2002
The problem of representing the spatial structure of images, which arises in visual object processing, is commonly described using terminology borrowed from propositional theories of cognition, notably, the concept of compositionality. The classical propositional stance mandates representations composed of symbols, which stand for atomic or composite entities and enter into arbitrarily nested relationships. We argue that the main desiderata of a representational system—productivity and systematicity—can (indeed, for a number of reasons, should) be achieved without recourse to the classical, proposition-like compositionality. We show how this can be done, by describing a systematic and productive model of the representation of visual structure, which relies on static rather than dynamic binding and uses coarsely coded rather than atomic shape primitives.