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Neural Representation and Computation

  • Corey J. Maley
  • Gualtiero Piccinini
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Abstract

Nervous systems perform amazing control functions, which include driving complex locomotive systems in real time. How do they do it? The best explanation neuroscientists have found is that nervous systems collect information from the organism and the environment, use that information to construct representations, and perform computations on such representations. The output of neural computations drives the organism. This article discusses what it means for nervous systems to carry information, to represent, and to perform computations.

Keywords

Mutual Information Neural System Cognitive Capacity Place Cell Computational Neuroscience 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Missouri – St. LouisSt. LouisUSA

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