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Abstract: Computational models offer tools for exploring the nature of human cognitive processes. In this article we focus on connectionist models, since these models are suggesting new ways of thinking about the basic nature of cognition and its implementation in the brain. The models support novel explanations of important aspects of perception, memory, language, thought, and cognitive development. They also provide tools for linking cognitive processes with the underlying physiological mechanisms, and for understanding how disorders of brain function lead to disorders of cognition.

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