The Mind Within the Net: Models of Learning, Thinking, and Acting

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MIT Press, 1999 - Medical - 359 pages
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Neurophysiology has told us a lot about how neurons work; neural network theory is about how neurons work together to process information. In this highly readable book, Manfred Spitzer provides a basic, nonmathematical introduction to neural networks and their clinical applications. Part I explains the fundamental theory of neural networks and how neural network models work. Part II covers the principles of network functioning and how computer simulations of neural networks have profound consequences for our understanding of how the brain works. Part III covers applications of network models (e.g., to knowledge representation, language, and mental disorders such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease) that shed new light on normal and abnormal states of mind. Finally, Spitzer concludes with his thoughts on the ramifications of neural networks for the understanding of neuropsychology and human nature.

  

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User Review  - Dirk Bro - Goodreads

This book managed to blow my mind every few pages or so, which is impressive. Spitzer manages to explain the concept of neural networks in such a way that the reader will understand them very well. He ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rebecca Emily - Goodreads

Some interesting stuff. Wouldn't have read it if it wasn't assigned but I'm glad I did. Makes me want to learn more about how language mechanisms work in our brains. Read full review

Contents

Basics
17
Learning
39
Vectors in the Head
65
H Principles
87
Hidden Layers
115
Neuroplasticity
137
Feedback
169
Applications
191
Semantic Networks
211
The Disordered Mind
251
Thoughts and Impressions
295
Glossary
315
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Manfred Spitzer ist Professor fA1/4r Psychiatrie an der UniversitAt Ulm, wo er die UniversitAtsklinik fA1/4r Psychiatrie und das Transferzentrum fA1/4r Neurowissenschaften und Lernen (ZNL) leitet. Er studierte Medizin, Psychologie und Philosophie in Freiburg. Nach den Promotionen in Medizin (1983) und Philosophie (1985) sowie dem Diplom in Psychologie (1984) und einer Weiterbildung zum Facharzt fA1/4r Psychiatrie prAgten zwei Gastprofessuren an der Harvard-UniversitAt und ein weiterer Forschungsaufenthalt an der University of Oregon seine wissenschaftliche Arbeit an der Schnittstelle von Neurobiologie, Psychologie und Psychiatrie, bevor er an der Psychiatrischen UniversitAtsklinik in Heidelberg Oberarzt wurde und 1997 nach Ulm ging. Sein mit A1/4ber 100 Publikationen umfangreiches wissenschaftliches Werk wurde 1992 mit dem Forschungspreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft fA1/4r Psychiatrie und Nervenheilkunde und 2002 mit dem Preis der Cogito-Foundation zur FArderung der Zusammenarbeit von Geistes- und Naturwissenschaften ausgezeichnet.

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