An integrative computational architecture for object-driven cortex

TitleAn integrative computational architecture for object-driven cortex
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsYildirim, I, Wu, J, Kanwisher, N, Tenenbaum, JB
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology
Pagination73 - 81
Date Published01/2019

Computational architecture for object-driven cortex

Objects in motion activate multiple cortical regions in every lobe of the human brain. Do these regions represent a collection of independent systems, or is there an overarching functional architecture spanning all of object-driven cortex? Inspired by recent work in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and cognitive science, we consider the hypothesis that these regions can be understood as a coherent network implementing an integrative computational system that unifies the functions needed to perceive, predict, reason about, and plan with physical objects—as in the paradigmatic case of using or making tools. Our proposal draws on a modeling framework that combines multiple AI methods, including causal generative models, hybrid symbolic-continuous planning algorithms, and neural recognition networks, with object-centric, physics-based representations. We review evidence relating specific components of our proposal to the specific regions that comprise object-driven cortex, and lay out future research directions with the goal of building a complete functional and mechanistic account of this system.

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