Studies of Mind and Brain

Neural Principles of Learning, Perception, Development, Cognition, and Motor Control

  • Stephen Grossberg

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 70)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Stephen Grossberg
    Pages 1-52
  3. Stephen Grossberg
    Pages 399-424
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 640-662

About this book


the mass of experimental data from current research in psychology and physiology, Grossberg proposes and develops a non-linear mathematics as a model for specific functions of mind and brain. He finds the classic approach to the mathematical modelling of mind and brain systematically inadequate. This inadequacy, he holds, arises from the attempt to describe adaptive systems in the mathematical language of 9 physics developed to describe "stationary", i. e. non-adaptive and non-evolving systems. In place of this linear mathematics, Grossberg develops his non-linear approach. His method is at once imaginative, rigorous, and philosophically significant: it is the thought experiment. It is here that the richness of his interdisciplinary mastery, and the power of his methods, constructions and proofs, reveal themselves. The method is what C. S. Peirce characterized as the method of abduction, or of hypothetical inference in theory construction: given the output of the system as a psychological phenomenon (e. g.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen Grossberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsBoston UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-1360-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7758-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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