Vincent R. Brown

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Idea generation is a fundamental attribute of the human mind, but the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying this process remain unclear. In this paper, we present a dynamic connectionist model for the generation of ideas within a brainstorming context. The key hypothesis underlying the model is that ideas emerge naturally from itinerant attractor(More)
— Brainstorming is the process of generating ideas in a specific task or problem context. We have previously presented a connectionist framework to study the dynamics of idea generation in individuals. In this paper, we develop this model further, and apply it to studying qualitatively the effects of priming on the process of ideation. Motivated by(More)
— Understanding the neural mechanisms of the idea generation process has implications for research in brain-storming, creativity and innovation. In this paper we present a conceptual neural model for generating ideas. The model extends the associative memory model of Brown et al. (1998) by explicitly representing categories as networks of concepts and ideas(More)
— Cognitive control-the ability to produce appropriate behavior in complex situations-is a fundamental aspect of intelligence. It is increasingly evident that this control arises from the interaction of dynamics in several brain regions, and depends significantly on processes of modulation and dynamical biasing. While most research has focused on(More)
Thought is an essential aspect of mental function, but remains very poorly understood. In this paper, we take the view that thought is a response process – the emergent and dynamic configuration of structured response , i.e., ideas, by composing response elements, i.e., concepts, from a repertoire under the influence of afferent information, internal(More)
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