Vincente Raja & Michael Anderson’s “Behavior Considered as an Enabling Constraint”

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Behavior Considered as an Enabling Constraint

Vincente Raja & Michael Anderson
(University of Western Ontario)

17 May 2019
h 15-17 – Greenwhich Mean Time
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Abstract.​ Two fundamental challenges of contemporary neuroscience are to make sense of the scalar relations in the nervous system and to understand the way behavior emerges from these relations while at the same time is affecting them. In this paper, we analyze the notion of enabling constraint and the way it can frame the two kinds of relations involved in the challenges: of different neural scales (e.g., molecular scale, genetic scale, single-neurons, neural networks, etc.) and between neural systems and behavior. We think the notion of enabling constraint provides a promising alternative to other classic, mechanistic understandings of these relations and the different issues contemporary neuroscience finds in them.

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