What are we talking about? Clarifying the fuzzy concept of representation in neuroscience and beyond

Francis T. Fallon, Tomás J. Ryan, Rosa Cao, David A. Haig, Yohan J. John, Celeste Kidd, Kevin J. Mitchell, Melanie Mitchell, Lorina Naci, Timothy J. O'Donnell, James R. O'Shea, Fionn O'Sullivan, Rebecca Wheeler, Daniel C. Dennett, Mark Sprevak, John W. Krakauer

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Abstract / Description of output

The notion of representation in brain and cognitive sciences is ubiquitous, vitally important, and yet fuzzy. This holds both within neuroscience and beyond, including in cognitive science, artificial intelligence, linguistics, psychology and philosophy of the mind. What people mean when they use the term varies considerably, ranging from a simple correlation between a neural response and a stimulus to a true offline model of the world. Indeed, the members of our group hold many different, often opposing, views on how best to define the concept of representation. To enable clearer usage and facilitate discussion, we hope as a group to develop a catalog of the various uses.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Transmitter
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Nov 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • defining representations
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • philosophy
  • representation
  • systems neuroscience

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