Back to the future: The return of cognitive functionalism

Leyla Roskan Çağlar, Stephen José Hanson

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The claims that learning systems must build causal models and provide explanations of their inferences are not new, and advocate a cognitive functionalism for artificial intelligence. This view conflates the relationships between implicit and explicit knowledge representation. We present recent evidence that neural networks do engage in model building, which is implicit, and cannot be dissociated from the learning process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e257
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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