Accession Number : AD0631634

Title :   RESEARCH ON CYBERNETIC INVESTIGATION OF LEARNING AND PERCEPTION.

Descriptive Note : Annual summary rept. no. 3,

Corporate Author : SYSTEM RESEARCH LTD RICHMOND (UNITED KINDGOM)

Personal Author(s) : Pask, Gordon ; Elstob, M. ; Mallen, George L.

Report Date : 15 FEB 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 104

Abstract : Research is summarized on models that describe the learning of a structured skill and on simulations of populations of automata that become more complex as they develop. Applicability and limitations on a simple learning model based on terms of continuous, information-like measures are discussed. The model considers the contribution from learning of the i-th skill to learning of the j-th. Limitations arise for the description of learning of higher-order concepts. The relevance of statistical and homeostatic approaches to the description of learning and adaptation is considered; each is viewed as contributing to the characterization of a real-life population of organisms. The simulation model shows that individual automata do not learn on their own but in cooperating groups. The elaborate population that is postulated shows stability over a larger range of cost parameter values in an unconstrained environment than in a constrained environment. A gregarious automaton is described that has a sensory system (sensitivity to density of population) and a memory system; significance is associated with properties that remain invariant or exhibit regular and correlated transformation. (Author)

Descriptors :   *CYBERNETICS, *LEARNING, *PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), *LEARNING MACHINES, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, AUTOMATA, MEMORY(PSYCHOLOGY), STABILITY, CONTROL, GREAT BRITAIN.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Bionics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE