AAAI Publications, 2017 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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Towards a Unified Theory of Mind and Brain
Stephen Grossberg

Last modified: 2017-10-09


A unified theory of how brains give rise to minds has been getting steadily developed for 60 years. This theory has explained data from thousands of interdisciplinary experiments, and scores of its predictions have been confirmed. The theory includes new computational paradigms called Complementary Computing and Laminar Computing that clarify the global organization of brain dynamics and behavior. It uses a small number of basic equations and modules to form modal architectures that model different modalities of intelligence. One of its models, Adaptive Resonance Theory, or ART, is currently the most advanced cognitive and neural theory of how advanced brains incrementally and stably learn to attend, recognize, and predict objects and events in a changing world. All the basic ART predictions have been confirmed by psychological and neural data. These results provide a firm foundation for further development of a Standard Theory of the Mind.


artificial intelligence; consciousness; Complementary Computing; Laminar Computing; Adaptive Resonance Theory; learning; recognition; attention; prediction

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