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Timescales of Change in Connectionist and Dynamical Systems Approaches to Learning and Development

Karl M. Newell, Yeou-Teh Liu and Gottfried Mayer-Kress

in Toward a Unified Theory of Development Connectionism and Dynamic System Theory Re-Consider

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780195300598
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199867165 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300598.003.0006
 							Timescales of Change in Connectionist and Dynamical Systems Approaches to Learning and Development

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This chapter examines the origins of the construct of timescales as expressed in Waddington's (1957) metaphor for development of the epigenetic landscape, and its subsequent use as a metaphor for change in learning/development in theoretical frameworks, both connectionist and dynamical systems. It presents an epigenetic landscape model for motor learning and development, which is constructed as a low-dimensional approximation of a high-dimensional (or infinitely dimensional) complex dynamical system that possesses a score, error, or fitness function. The chapter concludes by illustrating briefly three case studies of the timescales of change in the epigenetic landscape framework to motor learning and development.

Keywords: change; motor learning; motor development; epigenetic landscape model

Chapter.  10756 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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