Agents of the mind

James C. Houk*

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The higher order circuitry of the brain is comprised of a large-scale network of cerebral cortical areas that are individually regulated by loops through subcortical structures, particularly through the basal ganglia and cerebellum. These subcortical loops have powerful computational architectures. Using, as an example, the relatively well-understood processing that occurs in the cortical/basal ganglionic/cerebellar distributed processing module that generates voluntary motor commands, I postulate that a network of analogous agents is an appropriate framework for exploring the dynamics of the mind.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-437
Number of pages11
JournalBiological Cybernetics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Biotechnology


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