1. Content and Cluster Analysis: Assessing Representational Similarity in Neural Systems.Aarre Laakso & Garrison W. Cottrell - 2000 - Philosophical Psychology 13 (1):47-76.
    If connectionism is to be an adequate theory of mind, we must have a theory of representation for neural networks that allows for individual differences in weighting and architecture while preserving sameness, or at least similarity, of content. In this paper we propose a procedure for measuring sameness of content of neural representations. We argue that the correct way to compare neural representations is through analysis of the distances between neural activations, and we present a method for doing so. We (...)
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  2. How Many Mechanisms Are Needed to Analyze Speech? A Connectionist Simulation of Structural Rule Learning in Artificial Language Acquisition.Aarre Laakso & Paco Calvo - 2011 - Cognitive Science 35 (7):1243-1281.
    Some empirical evidence in the artificial language acquisition literature has been taken to suggest that statistical learning mechanisms are insufficient for extracting structural information from an artificial language. According to the more than one mechanism (MOM) hypothesis, at least two mechanisms are required in order to acquire language from speech: (a) a statistical mechanism for speech segmentation; and (b) an additional rule-following mechanism in order to induce grammatical regularities. In this article, we present a set of neural network studies demonstrating (...)
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  3. Churchland on Connectionism.Aarre Laakso & Garrison W. Cottrell - 2006 - In Brian L. Keeley (ed.), Paul Churchland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  4. K. Ramakrishna Rao, Ed., Cultivating Consciousness: Enhancing Human Potential, Wellness, and Healing Reviewed By.Aarre Laakso - 1994 - Philosophy in Review 14 (3):206-208.
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  5. The Significance of Spatial Representation.Aarre Laakso - 1999 - Dissertation, University of California, San Diego
    This dissertation explores the fundamental role of spatial representation in constituting thought. The thesis of this dissertation is that spatial representation is a fundamental constituent of thought in two ways. First, reference is a metaphorical extension of grasping material objects located in physical space. Second, predication is the relative placement of representations of these referents in a high-dimensional neural activation space. Hence, spatial representation, albeit in two different senses, is fundamental to both reference and predication, which are themselves the fundamental (...)
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    Pigeons and the Problem of Other Minds.Aarre Laakso - 1993 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 16 (4):652-653.
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    Language Equals Mimesis Plus Speech.Aarre Laakso - 1993 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 16 (4):765-766.
  8. Albert Shalom, The Body/Mind Conceptual Framework and the Problem of Personal Identity: Some Theories in Philosophy, Psychoanalysis & Neurology Reviewed By.Aarre Laakso - 1994 - Philosophy in Review 14 (2):137-139.