Plasticity and Nativism: Towards a Resolution of an Apparent Paradox

@inproceedings{Marcus2001PlasticityAN,
  title={Plasticity and Nativism: Towards a Resolution of an Apparent Paradox},
  author={Gary F. Marcus},
  booktitle={Emergent Neural Computational Architectures Based on Neuroscience},
  year={2001}
}
Recent research in brain development and cognitive development leads to an apparent paradox. One set of recent experiments suggests that infants are well-endowed with sophisticated mechanisms for analyzing the world; another set of recent experiments suggests that brain development is extremely flexible. In this paper, I review various ways of resolving the implicit tension between the two, and close with a proposal for a novel computational approach to reconciling nativism with developmental… CONTINUE READING

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