Computational Model of the Mind

The computational theory of the mind is the view that cognition is a form of computation. This is view underlies much of the research in cognitive science. An historically important feature of this model is it allows for the realization of the same mental activity in different materials.

One early and still highly influential version, developed by Jerry Fodor, holds that the mind's computations are operations over symbolic representations according to formal rules. This version requires explicit representation of the rules. Among the alternatives are non-symbolic models.

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