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Connectionism: A case for modularity.
Norris, D.
In D.A. Balota, G.B. Flores d'Arcais & K. Rayner (Eds.), Comprehension Processes in Reading (pp.331-343). Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
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Connectionism and interactionism are usually thought of as going hand in hand. This paper draws attention to the fact that, by concentrating on learning mechanisms, connectionism focuses our attention on issues of learnability. If connectionist models are to be able to learn complex cognitive tasks then they must have a highly modular architecture. Also, the great power of connectionist models means that they can often give a bottom-up account of phenomena which appear to require interactive explanations from more traditional models.