Representations in the brain

Synthese 129 (2):153-171 (2001)
The representation of objects and faces by neurons in the temporal lobe visual cortical areas of primates has the property that the neurons encode relatively independent information in their firing rates. This means that the number of stimuli that can be encoded increases exponentially with the number of neurons in an ensemble. Moreover, the information can be read by receiving neurons that perform just a synaptically weighted sum of the firing rates being received. Some ways in which these representations become grounded in the world are described. The issue of syntactic binding in representations, and of its value for a higher order thought system, is discussed
Keywords Brain  Content  Information  Meaning  Representation  Science  Thought
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DOI 10.2307/20117174
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