Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Conceptual coordination bridges information processing and neurophysiology

By William Clancey

Abstract

Information processing theories of memory and skills can be reformulated in terms of how categories are physically and temporally related, a process called conceptual coordination. Dreaming can then be understood as a story understanding process in which two mechanisms found in everyday comprehension are missing: conceiving sequences (chunking categories in time as a higher-order categorization) and coordinating across modalities (e.g., relating the sound of a word and the image of its meaning). On this basis, we can readily identify isomorphisms between dream phenomenology and neurophysiology, and explain the function of dreaming as facilitating future coordination of sequential, cross-modal categorization (i.e., REM sleep lowers activation thresholds, “unlearning”)

Topics: Behavioral & Brain Sciences, Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology
Year: 2000
OAI identifier: oai:cogprints.org:1989
Download PDF:
Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s):
  • http://cogprints.org/1989/3/Cl... (external link)
  • http://cogprints.org/1989/ (external link)
  • Suggested articles

    Citations

    1. 1900]1965) The interpretation of dreams.
    2. (1999). Conceptual coordination: How the mind orders experience in time.
    3. (1987). Neural Darwinism: The theory of neuronal group selection.
    4. (1991). Origins of the modern mind: Three stages in the evolution of culture and cognition.
    5. (1997). Situated cognition: On human knowledge and computer representations.
    6. (1983). The function of dream sleep.
    7. (1987). The man who mistook his wife for a hat.
    8. (1992). The strange, familiar, and forgotten.
    9. (1987). Why a diagram is (sometimes) worth ten thousand words.

    To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.