What is it about?

The main goal of this article is to argue for an epigenetic developmental interpretation of connectionist models of human cognitive processes.

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Why is it important?

This article was an early attempt to articulate the developmental interpretation of connectionist cognitive modelling that was later elaborated in Elman, J.L., Bates, E.A., Johnson, M.H., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Parisi, D., & Plunkett, K. (1998). Rethinking innateness: A connectionist perspective on development.


The article is significant for its insistence on the importance of development in general theories in cognitive science

Professor Chris Sinha
University of East Anglia

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This page is a summary of: Connectionism and developmental theory, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, September 1992, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-835x.1992.tb00575.x.
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