Modular Representations of Cognitive Phenomena in AI, Psychology and Neuroscience

Modular Representations of Cognitive Phenomena in AI, Psychology and Neuroscience

Joanna J. Bryson (University of Bath, UK)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-482-8.ch004
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Abstract

Many architectures of mind assume some form of modularity, but what is meant by the term ‘module’? This chapter creates a framework for understanding current modularity research in three subdisciplines of cognitive science: psychology, artificial intelligence (AI), and neuroscience. This framework starts from the distinction between horizontal modules that support all expressed behaviors vs. vertical modules that support individual domain-specific capacities. The framework is used to discuss innateness, automaticity, compositionality, representations, massive modularity, behavior-based and multi-agent AI systems, and correspondence to physiological neurosystems. There is also a brief discussion of the relevance of modularity to conscious experience.

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