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An evolutionary perspective on Hebb's reverberatory representations

  • David C. Krakauer (a1) and Alasdair I. Houston (a2)

Abstract

Hebbian mechanisms are justified according to their functional utility in an evolutionary sense. The selective advantage of correlating content-contingent stimuli reflects the putative common cause of temporally or spatially contiguous inputs. The selective consequences of such correlations are discussed by using examples from the evolution of signal form in sexual selection and model-mimic coevolution. We suggest that evolutionary justification might be considered in addition to neurophysiology plansibility when constructing representational models.

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An evolutionary perspective on Hebb's reverberatory representations

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