Evolving structure-function mappings in cognitive neuroscience using genetic programming

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  author =       "Fernand Gobet and Amanda Parker",
  title =        "Evolving structure-function mappings in cognitive
                 neuroscience using genetic programming",
  journal =      "Swiss Journal of Psychology",
  year =         "2005",
  volume =       "64",
  number =       "4",
  pages =        "231--239",
  month =        dec,
  keywords =     "genetic algorithms, genetic programming, Complex
                 systems, evolutionary computation, prefrontal cortex,
                 scientific discovery, structure-function mapping,
                 theory formation",
  ISSN =         "1421-0185",
  DOI =          "doi:10.1024/1421-0185.64.4.231",
  abstract =     "A challenging goal of psychology and neuroscience is
                 to map cognitive functions onto neuroanatomical
                 structures. This paper shows how computational methods
                 based upon evolutionary algorithms can facilitate the
                 search for satisfactory mappings by efficiently
                 combining constraints from neuroanatomy and physiology
                 (the structures) with constraints from behavioural
                 experiments (the functions). This methodology involves
                 creation of a database coding for known neuroanatomical
                 and physiological constraints, for mental programs made
                 of primitive cognitive functions, and for typical
                 experiments with their behavioural results. The
                 evolutionary algorithms evolve theories mapping
                 structures to functions in order to optimize the fit
                 with the actual data. These theories lead to new,
                 empirically testable predictions. The role of the
                 prefrontal cortex in humans is discussed as an example.
                 This methodology can be applied to the study of
                 structures or functions alone, and can also be used to
                 study other complex systems. (PsycINFO Database Record
                 (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)",

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