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Neural reuse implies distributed coding

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 October 2010

Bruce Bridgeman
Department of Psychology, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95064. bruceb@ucsc.edu


Both distributed coding, with its implication of neural reuse, and more specialized function have been recognized since the beginning of brain science. A controversy over imageless thought threw introspection into disrepute as a scientific method, making more objective methods dominate. It is known in information science that one element, such as a bit in a computer, can participate in coding many independent states; in this commentary, an example is given.

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