The mind agents in Netlogo 3.1

Sule Yildirim, Gregory L. Dam, James Charles Houk

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In [Houk, 2005], the "Agents of the mind" idea is proposed as a suitable framework for studying the dynamics and complexities of mind. "Agents of the mind" is inspired by the society of mind idea of Marvin Minsky [Minsky, 1988]. According to the society of mind, the mind is a complex system. The mind agents are elusive to identify. The mind is proposed as a hierarchy of agents. The higher hierarchy agents compose of lower hierarchy agents. Higher level agents do not command lower level agents but they basically trigger or invoke lower level agents. Agents are functional entities and they interact with each other. One important part of the society of mind idea is that agents at the lowest level are the real workers. Higher level functionalities emerge as a result of the functioning of the lower level agents and the interactions between them. In agents of the mind project, computational distributed processing modules (DPM) are posited for corresponding anatomically defined assemblies and they are referred to as the agents of the mind. M1 is an anatomical area in the cerebral cortex which produces voluntary commands via its loops through basal ganglia and cerebellum. M1-DPM is a computational distributed processing module which simulates M1 area and its loops for voluntary commands production. We use Netlogo 3.1 agent-based programming environment to illuminate the properties of mind. In this work, the attractor network in cerebellar loop and the effects of Purkinje cell on production of motor commands have been studied. The results are reported in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAgent Directed Simulation Symposium, ADS 2007 - Proceedings of the 2007 Spring Simulation Multiconference, SpringSim 2007
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)1565553136, 9781565553132
StatePublished - Mar 25 2007
Event2007 Agent Directed Simulation Symposium, ADS 2007 - Norfolk, United States
Duration: Mar 25 2007Mar 29 2007

Publication series

NameAgent Directed Simulation Symposium, ADS 2007 - Proceedings of the 2007 Spring Simulation Multiconference, SpringSim 2007


Other2007 Agent Directed Simulation Symposium, ADS 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Computational microscopic module
  • Distributed processing modules
  • Mind agents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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