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Neural constructivism or self-organization?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 April 2001

Peter C. M. Molenaar
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, 1018 WB Amsterdam, The Netherlandsop_molenaar@macmail.psy.uva.nl
Han L. J. van der Maas
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, 1018 WB Amsterdam, The Netherlandsop_molenaar@macmail.psy.uva.nl

Abstract

Three arguments are given to show that neural constructivism lacks an essential ingredient to explain cognitive development. Based on results in the theory of adaptive signal analysis, adaptive biological pattern information and self-organization in nonlinear systems of information processing, it is concluded that neural constructivism should be further extended to accommodate the occurrence of phase transitions generating qualitative development in the sense of Piaget.

Type
Continuing Commentary
Copyright
© 200 Cambridge University Press

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