Report Number: CS-TR-84-1004
Institution: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title: A computational theory of higher brain function
Author: Goldschlager, Leslie M.
Date: April 1984
Abstract: The higher functions of the brain are believed to occur in the cortex. This region of the brain is modelled as a memory surface which performs both storage and computation. Concepts are modelled as patterns of activity on the memory surface, and the model explains how these patterns interact with one another to give the computations which the brain performs. The method of interaction can explain the formation of abstract concepts, association of ideas and train of thought. It is shown that creativity, self, consciousness and free will are explainable within the same framework. A theory of sleep is presented which is consistent with the model.