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Beyond Neural Coding? Lessons from Perceptual Control Theory

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 November 2019

Xerxes D. Arsiwalla
Affiliation:
Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia & Barcelona Institute for Science and Technology, 08019Barcelona, Spainx.d.arsiwalla@gmail.compverschure@ibecbarcelona.euhttps://specs-lab.com
Ruben Moreno Bote
Affiliation:
Center for Brain and Cognition, Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 08018Barcelona, Spainruben.moreno@upf.eduhttps://www.upf.edu/web/tcn Serra Húnter Fellow Programme, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 08018Barcelona, Spain
Paul Verschure
Affiliation:
Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia & Barcelona Institute for Science and Technology, 08019Barcelona, Spainx.d.arsiwalla@gmail.compverschure@ibecbarcelona.euhttps://specs-lab.com Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies, 08010Barcelona, Spain. https://specs-lab.com

Abstract

Pointing to similarities between challenges encountered in today's neural coding and twentieth-century behaviorism, we draw attention to lessons learned from resolving the latter. In particular, Perceptual Control Theory posits behavior as a closed-loop control process with immediate and teleological causes. With two examples, we illustrate how these ideas may also address challenges facing current neural coding paradigms.

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