Realistic neurons can compute the operations needed by quantum probability theory and other vector symbolic architectures

Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2013

Terrence C Stewart, Chris Eliasmith

Abstract

(Commentary) Quantum probability theory can be seen as a type of Vector Symbolic Architecture: mental states are vectors storing structured information and manipulated using algebraic operations. Furthermore, the operations needed by QP match those in other VSAs. This allows existing biologically realistic neural models to be adapted to provide a mechanistic explanation of the cognitive phenomena described in the target article.

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10.1017/S0140525X12003111
Journal
Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume
36
Issue
3

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