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Toward a unified theory of development : connectionism and dynamic systems theory re-considered

Author: John P Spencer; Michael S C Thomas; James L McClelland
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Series: Oxford series in developmental cognitive neuroscience
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This resource defines and refines two major theoretical approaches within developmental science that address the central issues of development-connectionism and dynamical systems theory.
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John P Spencer; Michael S C Thomas; James L McClelland
ISBN: 9780195300598 0195300599
OCLC Number: 466425689
Description: 1 online resource (416 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Contents: Introduction John P. Spencer, Michael S.C. Thomas, and James L. McClelland ; I. Introduction to the Approaches ; 1. Connectionist Models of Development: Mechanistic Dynamical Models with Emergent Dynamical Properties James L. McClelland and Gautam Vallabha ; 2. Development as Change of System Dynamics: Stability, Instability, and Emergence Gregor Schoner ; II. Dynamical Systems Theory: Case Studies ; 3. Brain, Body, and Mind: Lessons from Infant Motor Development Daniela Corbetta ; 4. Dynamic Systems, Sensory-motor Processes, and the Origins of Stability and Flexibility Linda B. Smith ; 5. Dynamic Field Theory and Embodied Cognitive Dynamics John P. Spencer, Sammy Perone, and Jeff Johnson ; 6. Time Scales in Connectionist and Dynamical Systems Approaches to Learning and Development Karl M. Newell, Yeou-Teh Liu, and Gottfried Mayer-Kress ; III. Connectionism: Case Studies ; 7. Connectionist Approaches to Perservation: Understanding Universal and Task-Specific Aspects of Children's Behavior J. Bruce Morton and Yuko Munakata ; 8. Dynamical Insight into Structure in Connectionist Models Whitney Tabor ; 9. The Robot as a New Frontier for Connectionism and Dynamic Systems Theory Matthew Schlesinger ; IV. Hybrid Models: Case Studies ; 10. Combining Connectionist and Dynamic Systems Principles in Models of Development: The Case of Analogical Completion Denis Mareschal, Robert Leech, and Richard P. Cooper ; 11. Integrating Connectionist Learning and Dynamical Systems Processing: Case Studies in Speech and Lexical Development Bob McMurray, Jessica S. Horst, Joseph C. Toscano, and Larissa K. Samuelson ; V. Reactions from the "Outside" ; 12. Soft-Assembled Mechanisms for the Grand Theory Heidi Kloos and Guy C. Van Orden ; 13. Are Dynamic Systems and Connectionist Approaches an Alternative to "Good Old Fashioned Cognitive Development"? Lisa M. Oakes, Nora S. Newcombe, and Jodie M. Plumert ; 14. A Developmental Systems Theory Perspective on Psychological Change Timothy D. Johnston and Robert Lickliter ; VI. Reactions from the "Inside" ; 15. Transitions in Cognitive Development: Prospects and Limitations of a Neural Dynamic Approach Han L. J. van der Maas and Maartje E. J. Raijmakers ; 16. Dynamic Systems and the Quest for Individual-Based Models of Change and Development Paul van Geert and Kurt Fischer ; 17. Dynamic and Connectionist Approaches to Development: Toward a Future of Mutually Beneficial Co-evolution Michael S. C. Thomas, James L. McClelland, Fiona M. Richardson, Anna C. Shapiro, and Frank Baughman ; 18. Moving Toward a New Grand Theory While Valuing the Importance of the Initial Conditions John P. Spencer, Evelina Dineva, and Gregor Schoner
Series Title: Oxford series in developmental cognitive neuroscience
Responsibility: edited by John P. Spencer, Michael S.C. Thomas, and James L. McClelland.

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This resource defines and refines two major theoretical approaches within developmental science that address the central issues of development-connectionism and dynamical systems theory.

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