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.