relaxation technique

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

In connectionism (1) and parallel distributed processing, the use of iterated propagation of signals through a network of connected units until they are all responding as consistently as possible to signals received from one another and no further adjustments in connections and firing rates can lead to further improvements. If some connections between units are excitatory and others are inhibitory, then a single signal propagated through the network will cause some of the units to increase their strength of firing in response to excitatory input from other units, and will cause other units to decrease their strength of firing because of inhibitory input, but the resulting pattern will not necessarily be stable or settled, because a second signal propagated through the network will in most cases result in further changes, but after a number of iterations the system will usually settle down to an equilibrium state. Compare annealing (1).

Subjects: Psychology.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.