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Computational Theories and their Implementation in the Brain: The legacy of David Marr

Lucia M. Vaina and Richard E. Passingham


In the late 1960s and early 1970s David Marr produced three astonishing papers in which he gave a detailed account of how the fine structure and known cell types of the cerebellum, hippocampus and neocortex perform the functions that they do. He later went on to be one of the main founders of Computational Neuroscience. In his book on Vision he distinguished between the computational, algorithmic and implementational levels, and the three early theories concerned implementation. However, they were produced when Neuroscience was in its infancy. Now that so much more is known it is time to revis ... More

Keywords: computational theories, implementation in the brain, cerebellum, hippocampus, neocortex

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198749783
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749783.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucia M. Vaina, editor
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and co-Director of the Neurology of Vision Laboratory, Neuroscience and Neurology, Boston University; and Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Richard E. Passingham, editor
Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford, UK

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Section 1 A theory of cerebellar cortex

Section 2 Simple memory: A theory for archicortex

Chapter 5 The dentate gyrus

Alessandro Treves

Section 3 A theory of neocortex

Chapter 8 Visions of the neocortex

Rodney J. Douglas and Kevan A. C. Martin

Chapter 9 Unsupervised yearning

Peter Dayan and David Willshaw


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