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Douglas Mewhort. How one thought follows another: a computational perspective.
 
Date: May 03, 2016

What: How one thought follows another: a computational perspective.

Where: BCBL Auditorium

Who: Douglas Mewhort, PhD. Department of Psychology, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.

When: 12 PM


In the middle of the last century, Psychology underwent a so-called Cognitive Revolution. The revolution replaced the ideas of stimulus-response association with explanations based on analogy to processing in a computer. I contend that that the revolution is incomplete: current theory has a nasty habit of requiring a homunculus to carry out processing, and, although everyone knows that meaning matters, too little is known about how it is represented in memory. I will describe how a computational model can understand the meaning of words and why thinking of memory as a hologram helps to banish the homunculus.