Connectionist Models of Cognition
Connectionist Models of Cognition is a web-based textbook designed to introduce the key concepts in the area of neural networks. It targets both faculty and students interested in the application of parallel distributed processing models to cognitive phenomena either in a teaching or research capacity. The textbook provides hands-on modeling experience with a variety of standard architectures and the opportunity to begin developing your own models. A background in connectionist theory is not required.
The BrainWave connectionist simulator is embedded within the materials, allowing you to interact with the figures as you work through the exercises. The simulator employs a graphical, direct manipulation interface - much like a drawing program - making it easy to use.
The architectures that are currently implemented include the Interactive Acitivation and Competition network, the Hebbian Network, the Backpropagation network, the Hopfield network, the Self Organizing Map and the Simple Recurrent Network. The software is easily extensible to new architectures.
Access to the textbook is FREE for individuals. So that we can keep track of who is using the text we require you to register. Once you have registered a password will be sent to you that will provide access to the chapters. If you are an instructor intending to use the text in a course we ask that you purchase a site license. To access the materials we recommend using Internet Explorer 4.0/5.0 or Netscape 4.x on Windows 95/98/NT.