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How to Build a Brain: A Neural Architecture for Biological Cognition

Chris Eliasmith


How to build a brain provides a detailed, guided exploration of a new cognitive architecture that takes biological detail seriously, while addressing cognitive phenomena. The Semantic Pointer Architecture (SPA) introduced in this book provides a set of tools for constructing a wide range of perceptual, cognitive, and motor models at the level of individual spiking neurons. Many examples of such models are provided, and they are shown to explain a wide range of data including single cell recordings, neural population activity, reaction times, error rates, choice behavior, and fMR ... More

Keywords: neural simulation, brain models, spiking neurons, syntax, neural dynamics, neural representation, cognitive architecture, cognitive science, semantics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199794546
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794546.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Eliasmith, author
University of Waterloo