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The 3rd edition of Theoretical Issues in Psychology provides an authoritative overview of the conceptual issues in psychology which introduces the underlying philosophies that underpin them. It includes new insights across the philosophy of science combined with increased psychological coverage to show clearly how these two communities interrelate, ensuring an integrative understanding of the fundamental debates and how they link to your wider studies.

Modern Approaches to Mind (2): The Brain-Based View: Neurophilosophy, Connectionism and Dynamicism
Modern approaches to mind (2): The brain-based view: Neurophilosophy, connectionism and dynamicism

PREVIEW In this chapter we turn to the alternatives for the classical computational view: connectionism and dynamicism. Connectionism implies that pattern recognition, embodied in activation spreading through the neural network, is the stuff that the mind is made of. Dynamicism rejects the notion of internal representation, be it symbolic structures or patterns of neural activity, and instead offers the model of an organism that is dynamically coupled to its environment as the basic metaphor of mental activity. In section 8.4 we sketch how the brain-based view could contribute to such general issues in philosophy as the nature of knowledge, meaning, and ...

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