Accession Number : AD0683047

Title :   WHAT IS MEMORY THAT IT MAY HAVE HINDSIGHT AND FORESIGHT AS WELL,

Corporate Author : ILLINOIS UNIV URBANA BIOLOGICAL COMPUTER LAB

Personal Author(s) : Von Foerster,Heinz

Report Date : JAN 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 61

Abstract : The phenomenon of physiological memory is contemplated from a point of view which embeds 'memory' into the totality of cognitive processes and considers this phenomenon as a computational operation rather than a storage and retrieval problem. Neuropsychological and neurophysiological evidences are cited that make the 'storage hypothesis' untenable. In lieu of these the basic structural and functional organization of mechanisms that compute inferences inductively are proposed. The alterations of the structure of such systems in the learning process are interpreted as 'memory', and physiological, psychological and mechanical examples are cited. A molecular hypothesis regarding the feasibility of macro-molecules computing recursive functions is presented. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MEMORY(PSYCHOLOGY), THEORY), PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, LEARNING, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, MATHEMATICAL MODELS

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Bionics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE