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The Computational Brain$
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Patricia S. Churchland and Terrence J. Sejnowski

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262533393

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262533393.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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The Computational Brain
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Patricia S. Churchland

Terrence J. Sejnowski

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262533393.003.0001

This book introduces a conceptual framework for brain function based on large populations of neurons. It advances the hypothesis that emergent properties are high-level effects that depend on lower-level phenomena in some systematic way, drawing on the idea that brains are computational in nature. Areas and topics related to computational neuroscience covered in this book include computational mechanisms in neurons, analysis of signal processing in neural circuits, representation of sensory information, systems models of sensorimotor integration, and computational approaches to plasticity. The book emphasizes the importance of single neuron models as the foundation into which network models must eventually fit. It also provides a background discussion on neuroscience and the science of computation.

Keywords:   brain, neurons, emergent properties, computational neuroscience, signal processing, sensory information, sensorimotor integration, plasticity, network models, computation

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