A Mechanistic Account of Computational Explanation in Cognitive Science and Computational Neuroscience

In Vincent C. Müller (ed.), Computing and Philosophy. Springer. pp. 191-205 (2016)
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Abstract

Explanations in cognitive science and computational neuroscience rely predominantly on computational modeling. Although the scientific practice is systematic, and there is little doubt about the empirical value of numerous models, the methodological account of computational explanation is not up-to-date. The current chapter offers a systematic account of computational explanation in cognitive science and computational neuroscience within a mechanistic framework. The account is illustrated with a short case study of modeling of the mirror neuron system in terms of predictive coding.

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