What computers have shown us about the mind

Padraic Monaghan*, James Keidel, Mike Burton, Gert Westermann

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Abstract

Over the last half century or so, artificial intelligence models have failed to match the flexibility and adaptability of human performance. However, by incorporating statistical learning and interactivity into modern computational models in the form of neural networks, psychologists are able to gain insight into how our minds operate across a range of cognitive tasks. This article considers several of these tasks, namely reading, face processing, cognitive development and brain injury, in order to give a snapshot of the range of techniques and questions addressed by researchers using computational models in psychology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)642-645
Number of pages4
JournalPsychologist
Volume23
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes

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