Yes Vanessa, that's the article. One of the authors cited in the article,
By scottHJ ()
on March 12, 2013.
Liane Gabora has papers available on the net like this one:
https://people.ok.ubc.ca/lgabora/papers/CRJ10_neurds.pdf From the
"There is cognitive, neurological, and
computational support for the hypothesis that defocusing attention
results in divergent or associative thought, conducive to insight and
finding unusual connections, while focusing attention results in
convergent or analytic thought, conducive to rule-based operations.
Creativity appears to involve both. It is widely believed that it is
possible to escape mental fixation by spontaneously and temporarily
engaging in a more associative mode of thought. The resulting insight
(if found) may be refined in a more analytic mode of thought."
I like is her reference to memory as a repository of all manner data,
some that may have never been consciously noted as it came in. Neurons
also appear to respond to exact recording as well as objects or thoughts
that seem similar or 'resonant' allowing for associations and, no doubt, some odd combinations to appear. So the brain, unlike a computer with fixed addresses, is 'content addressable' and less rigid:
how this differs from a typical computer memory. In a computer memory
each possible input is stored in a unique address. Retrieval is thus a
matter of looking at the address in the address register and fetching
the item at the specified location. Since there is no overlap of
representations, there is no means of creatively forging new
associations based on newly perceived similarities. Even a simple
connectionist memory is able to abstract a prototype, fill in missing
features of a noisy or incomplete pattern, or create a new pattern on
the fly that is more appropriate to the situation than anything it has
ever been fed as input...
The author cites a lot of
references that I need to check but the main thing I get is the delicate
balancing act that allows the brain to identify and interpret beyond
simply matching exactly--in a sense, the ability to make suggestions to itself.
that paywalls are a pain and normally I wouldn't reference from a
closed source. I remember a used magazine store when I was a kid that
would take orders through a back channel. The retail magazine
distributor would drop last month's mags at the back door on the way to
the dump. Or you could hang around the paper shredding/packaging place
and get some gems. Picked up 10 foot by 35 foot picture of a banana from
a billboard ad there once. Perfect decoration for the entry staircase
walls. Haven't seen a banana that big in years.
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