RE: Definitions of cognitive functions - Any pointers?

From: Anthony Mak (
Date: Mon Feb 12 2007 - 21:56:36 MST

Not sure if these pointers are mathematical enough.
But I am currently looking into cognitive psychology as part of my study.
In "The Architecture of Cognition", Anderson, there are two chapters called
Spread of Activation and Control of Cognition and there seems to be some
differential equations in it.
And I am having a look at this interesting book called "Cognitive
A Neural-Network Approach", Martindale. Even though it does not seem to
contains any mathematical equations.
Sorry, I can't give much details yet as I haven't gone through them yet :)
(I am a phd student in ANU working on hybridization of machine learning and
automated reasoning methods)

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Konstantinos
Sent: Tuesday, 13 February 2007 8:05 AM
Subject: Definitions of cognitive functions - Any pointers?

Hello all,
I've been reading this list for the last couple of months, and I enjoyed
reading about novel (and new to me) ideas in fields that I consider as the
frontiers of the human intellect.

For some time now, I've been considering the idea of defining many
-typically hard to define- cognitive functions (such as though, memory
recollection, consiousness, pain, desire) using a rationally concrete
mathematical model. That is, defining the above functions as states,
transformations or relations within this mathematical model.

For example defining thought as a state of a neural state machine with
particular properties. Memory recollection as a state change and a slight
transformation of the underlying state machine structure. Concious thoughts
as a subset of thoughts with certain properties etc

I find it a bit hard to believe that noone has ever thought this way before,
but I have found nothing similar at any of the resources I've read so far
(which is not much).
Do you know of any work that has been done in this field? Or any arguments
supporting that this is just as useless way of thinking? :-)

Any pointers will be greatly appreciated.

I'm currently doing the first year of a "Computer Science" BSc at the
University of Sheffield, UK.

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