Maguire's ideas about construction

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Appendix D endnote 9, from How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context is:

Anytime you imagine things, or your mind wanders, or your brain performs other intrinsic activity, you also simulate sights, sounds, changes in your body budget, and other sensations that are the domain of sensory and motor networks. Thus, it stands to reason that the default mode network should be interacting with these other networks to construct instances of concepts. [...] The cognitive neuroscientist Eleanor A. Maguire comes close to this idea.

The cognitive neuroscientist Eleanor Maguire suggests that the default mode network builds representations of complex scenes and events by retrieving and integrating information from sensory and motor networks.[1]

Related ideas: One paper published in 2016 proposes that predictions are memories.[2] The theoretical physicist and visual neuroscientist Vijay Balasubramanian makes the more general computational point (and in my view, a creative and scientifically useful approach) that populations of neurons remember mental functions; his point is that the brain remembers circult-level architectures.[3]


Notes on the Notes

  1. Hassabis, Demis, and Eleanor A. Maguire. 2009. "The construction system of the brain." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 364 (1521): 1263-1271.
  2. Chow, Wing-Yee and others. 2016. "Prediction as memory retrieval: timing and mechanisms." Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 31 (5): 617-627.
  3. Balasubramanian, Vijay. 2015. "Heterogeneity and efficiency in the brain." Proceedings of the IEEE 13 (8): 1346-1358.