The Explanatory Force of Dynamical and Mathematical Models in Neuroscience: A Mechanistic Perspective

Philosophy of Science 78 (4):601-627 (2011)
Abstract
We argue that dynamical and mathematical models in systems and cognitive neuro- science explain (rather than redescribe) a phenomenon only if there is a plausible mapping between elements in the model and elements in the mechanism for the phe- nomenon. We demonstrate how this model-to-mechanism-mapping constraint, when satisfied, endows a model with explanatory force with respect to the phenomenon to be explained. Several paradigmatic models including the Haken-Kelso-Bunz model of bimanual coordination and the difference-of-Gaussians model of visual receptive fields are explored.
Keywords Mechanistic explanation  Mechanism  Dynamics  Dynamical models  HKB model
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