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Title: Automatic Generation of Cognitive Theories using Genetic Programming
Authors: Frias-Martinez, E
Gobet, F
Keywords: Cognitive Neuroscience
Computational Neuroscience
Theory generation
Theory building
Genetic Programming
evolutionary computation
scientific discovery
fitness function
tree representation
cognitive architecture
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Citation: Frias-Martinez , E., & Gobet, F. (in press). Automatic generation of cognitive theories using genetic programming. Minds & Machines.
Abstract: Cognitive neuroscience is the branch of neuroscience that studies the neural mechanisms underpinning cognition and develops theories explaining them. Within cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience focuses on modeling behavior, using theories expressed as computer programs. Up to now, computational theories have been formulated by neuroscientists. In this paper, we present a new approach to theory development in neuroscience: the automatic generation and testing of cognitive theories using genetic programming. Our approach evolves from experimental data cognitive theories that explain “the mental program” that subjects use to solve a specific task. As an example, we have focused on a typical neuroscience experiment, the delayed-match-to-sample (DMTS) task. The main goal of our approach is to develop a tool that neuroscientists can use to develop better cognitive theories.
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