Monday, June 25, 2018

The Many Functions of Cortical Columns

This is a short post. I don't know when but, when the time comes, I will post a multipart article on the many functions of cortical columns. They are responsible for or participate in the following:

  • Short and long term memory.
  • Knowledge acquisition.
  • Common sense understanding of the world.
  • Predictions.
  • Language understanding.
  • Reasoning.
  • Attention and focusing.
  • Motor learning and goal oriented behavior.
  • Invariant recognition.
  • Object clustering.
  • Planning.
  • Recollection.
  • Metaphors and analogies.
In addition, cortical columns are involved in reinforcement learning (adaptation) based on appetitive and aversive inputs. As with everything else in the brain, the underlying operating principle is temporality and the organizing principle is complementarity (Yin and Yang). Hang in there.

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