Journal Article

Structural Representations and the Brain

Oron Shagrir

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 63, issue 3, pages 519-545
Published in print September 2012 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online January 2012 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axr038
Structural Representations and the Brain

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In Representation Reconsidered, William Ramsey suggests that the notion of structural representation is posited by classical theories of cognition, but not by the ‘newer accounts’ (e.g. connectionist modeling). I challenge the assertion about the newer accounts. I argue that the newer accounts also posit structural representations; in fact, the notion plays a key theoretical role in the current computational approaches in cognitive neuroscience. The argument rests on a close examination of computational work on the oculomotor system.

1Introduction

2Structural Representation

3Ramsey's Argument

4A Brief Review of Computational Work on Oculomotor Memory

5The Memory Network as Structural Representation

6Objection 1: The Memory States are not Internal Representations

7Objection 2: The Memory States are not Real Representations

8Summary

Journal Article.  10651 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Science and Mathematics

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