Neurolinguistic Computational Models

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Abstract or Description

It is tempting to think of the brain as functioning very much like a computer. Like the digital computer, the brain takes in data and outputs decisions and conclusions. However, unlike the computer, the brain does not store precise memories at specific locations.Instead, the brain reaches decisions through the dynamic interaction of diverse areas operating in functional neural circuits. The role of specific local areas in these functional neural circuits appears to be highly flexible and dynamic. Recent work has begun to provide detailed accounts of both the overall circuits supporting language and the detailed computations provided in smaller neural areas. These accounts take the shape of both structured and emergent models.




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Handbook of the Neuroscience of Language, 229-236.