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IEEE Trans Neural Netw. 2010 May;21(5):718-33. doi: 10.1109/TNN.2010.2041250. Epub 2010 Mar 1.

Neural mechanisms of the mind, Aristotle, Zadeh, and fMRI.

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Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.


Processes in the mind: perception, cognition, concepts, instincts, emotions, and higher cognitive abilities for abstract thinking, beautiful music are considered here within a neural modeling fields (NMFs) paradigm. Its fundamental mathematical mechanism is a process "from vague-fuzzy to crisp," called dynamic logic (DL). This paper discusses why this paradigm is necessary mathematically, and relates it to a psychological description of the mind. Surprisingly, the process from "vague to crisp" corresponds to Aristotelian understanding of mental functioning. Recent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) measurements confirmed this process in neural mechanisms of perception.

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