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Brain Computation as Hierarchical Abstraction

Dana H. Ballard


The vast differences between the brain’s neural circuitry and a computer’s silicon circuitry might suggest that they have nothing in common. In fact, as Dana Ballard argues in this book, computational tools are essential for understanding brain function. Ballard shows that the hierarchical organization of the brain has many parallels with the hierarchical organization of computing; as in silicon computing, the complexities of brain computation can be dramatically simplified when its computation is factored into different levels of abstraction. Drawing on several decades of progress in computat ... More

Keywords: Computational Hierarchy, Spike Code Abstractions, Brain Organization Synthesis, Complex System Organisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262028615
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dana H. Ballard, author
University of Texas at Austin