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dc.contributor.authorHoward, Marc W.en_US
dc.contributor.authorShankar, Karthik H.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-08T15:55:37Z
dc.date.available2019-10-08T15:55:37Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationM.W. Howard, Karthik H Shankar. 2018. "Neural scaling laws for an uncertain world." Psychological Review, Volume 125, Issue 1, pp. 47 - 58. https://doi.org/10.1037/rev0000081
dc.identifier.issn0033-295X
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/38216
dc.description.abstractAutonomous neural systems must efficiently process information in a wide range of novel environments, which may have very different statistical properties. We consider the problem of how to optimally distribute receptors along a one-dimensional continuum consistent with the following design principles. First, neural representations of the world should obey a neural uncertainty principle—making as few assumptions as possible about the statistical structure of the world. Second, neural representations should convey, as much as possible, equivalent information about environments with different statistics. The results of these arguments resemble the structure of the visual system and provide a natural explanation of the behavioral WeberFechner law, a foundational result in psychology. Because the derivation is extremely general, this suggests that similar scaling relationships should be observed not only in sensory continua, but also in neural representations of “cognitive’ one-dimensional quantities such as time or numerosity.en_US
dc.format.extent47 - 58en_US
dc.publisherAmerican Psychological Associationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofPsychological Review
dc.subjectPsychologyen_US
dc.subjectCognitive sciencesen_US
dc.subjectExperimental psychologyen_US
dc.subjectNeural scaling lawsen_US
dc.subjectWeber-Fechner lawen_US
dc.subjectScale-free neural representationsen_US
dc.titleNeural scaling laws for an uncertain worlden_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted manuscripten_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1037/rev0000081
pubs.elements-sourcemanual-entryen_US
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pubs.organisational-groupBoston Universityen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciencesen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciencesen_US
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden_US
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0002-1478-1237 (Howard, MW)
dc.identifier.mycv323669


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