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Memory and the Computational Brain

Why Cognitive Science will Transform Neuroscience

C. R. Gallistel, Adam Philip King

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Memory and the Computational Brain offers a provocativeargument that goes to the heart of neuroscience, proposing that thefield can and should benefit from the recent advances of cognitivescience and the development of information theory over the courseof the last several decades. * A provocative argument that impacts across the fields oflinguistics, cognitive science, and neuroscience, suggesting newperspectives on learning mechanisms in the brain * Proposes that the field of neuroscience can and should benefitfrom the recent advances of cognitive science and the developmentof information theory * Suggests that the architecture of the brain is structuredprecisely for learning and for memory, and integrates the conceptof an addressable read/write memory mechanism into the foundationsof neuroscience * Based on lectures in the prestigious Blackwell-MarylandLectures in Language and Cognition, and now significantly reworkedand expanded to make it ideal for students and faculty


(CHOICE,December 2009)
"The book covers wide-ranging ground--indeed, it passes for acomputer science or philosophy textbook in places--but it does soin a consistently lucid and engaging fashion."
(PsycCRITIQUES, November 2009)
"The authors provide a cogent set of ideas regarding a kind ofbrain functional architecture that could serve as athought-provoking alternative to that envisioned by current dogma.If one is seriously concerned with understanding and investigatingthe brain and how it operates, taking the time to absorb the ideasconveyed in this book is likely to be time well spent."
-Michael Gazzaniga, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Along with a light complement of fascinating psychological casestudies of representations of space and time, and a heavy set ofpolemical sideswipes at neuroscientists and their haplesscomputational fellow travelers, this book has the simple goal ofpersuading us of the importance of a particular informationprocessing mechanism that it claims does not currently occupycenter stage." (Nature Neuroscience, October 2009)"Any scientist seriously interested in how the brain does its workwill find Gallistel and King's new book indispensable. Itchallenges modern dogma and does so in a clear and compellingmanner."
-Joshua B. Tenenbaum, Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology
"Gallistel and King present a provocative challenge to ourcurrent "standard model" of information processing in the brain.This book's ideas should be read and digested by both cognitivescientists and neuroscientists - anyone seriously interested in thebiological or computational underpinnings of learning."
-Aravind K. Joshi, University of Pennsylvania
"A lucid and convincing argument for a particular architecturefor encoding information in the brain, based on some key notions ofcomputational cognitive science, a significant contribution toneuroscience."
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