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Rethinking Innateness : A Connectionist Perspective on Development.

Author: Elizabeth BatesJeffrey ElmanMark H JohnsonAnnette Karmiloff-SmithDomenico ParisiAll authors
Publisher: Cambridge : MIT Press Jan. 1998.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Bates; Jeffrey Elman; Mark H Johnson; Annette Karmiloff-Smith; Domenico Parisi; Kim Plunkett
ISBN: 9780262272292 0262272296
OCLC Number: 961887591
Target Audience: Scholarly & Professional
Description: 1 online resource (450 pages)

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"Rethinking Innateness" asks the question, "What does it really mean to say that a behavior is innate?" The authors describe a new framework in which interactions, occurring at all levels, give rise to emergent forms and behaviors. These outcomes often may be highly constrained and universal, yet are not themselves directly contained in the genes in any domain-specific way. One of the key contributions of "Rethinking Innateness" is a taxonomy of ways in which a behavior can be innate. These include constraints at the level of representation, architecture, and timing; typically, behaviors arise through the interaction of constraints at several of these levels. The ideas are explored through dynamic models inspired by a new kind of "developmental connectionism," a marriage of connectionist models and developmental neurobiology, forming a new theoretical framework for the study of behavioral development. While relying heavily on the conceptual and computational tools provided by connectionism, Rethinking Innateness also identifies ways in which these tools need to be enriched by closer attention to biology.

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