Bain on Neural Networks

  title={Bain on Neural Networks},
  author={A. L. Wilkes and Nicholas J. Wade},
  journal={Brain and Cognition},
In his book Mind and body (1873), Bain set out an account in which he related the processes of associative memory to the distribution of activity in neural groupings--or neural networks as they are now termed. In the course of this account, Bain anticipated certain aspects of connectionist ideas that are normally attributed to 20th-century authors--most notably Hebb (1949). In this paper we reproduce Bain's arguments relating neural activity to the workings of associative memory which include… 

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