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Mathematical modeling and the neuroscience of metaphor
Author(s): Hawley K. Rising
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Paper Abstract

We look at a characterization of metaphor from cognitive linguistics, extracting the salient features of metaphorical processing. We examine the neurobiology of dendrites, specifically spike timing-dependent plasticity (STDP), and the modulation of backpropagating action potentials (bAPs), to generate a neuropil-centric model of cortical processing based on signal timing and reverberation between regions. We show how this model supports the basic features of metaphorical processing previously extracted. Finally, we model this system using a combination of euclidean, projective, and hyperbolic geometries, and show how the resulting model accounts for this processing, and relates to other neural network models

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Date Published: 4 March 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6806, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XIII, 680609 (4 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.773808
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Hawley K. Rising, Consultant (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6806:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XIII
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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