Creation Theory of Cognition: Is Memory Retrieved or Created?

  • Takafumi Terasawa


It could logically be proposed that all of the symbolic responses that we make are “created” from stored serial impulse patterns, that we do not require any symbols or rules in our memory representations, and that memory and perception are based on the same processes. The simulations in this chapter indicate that a very simple algorithm can create a symbolic pattern from non-symbolic patterns without any symbols or any encoding rules in memory. The success of the simulation indicates the potentialities of the creation theory of cognition that regards the creation of symbolic information from the interaction between a vast store of non-symbolic information and the externally input non-symbolic information as “cognition.”

Key words

Recognition memory pattern recognition cross-inhibitory processes inhibition memory representation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takafumi Terasawa
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  1. 1.Okayama UniversityJapan

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