chapter  2
Connectionist Models of Learning and Development in Infancy
ByDenis Mareschal
Pages 34

The real challenge for developmental psychology is to explain how and why behaviours emerge. One way to address this challenge is to posit a set of mechanisms for learning, and to implement these mechanisms as a working computer model (a computer program). The model then provides a tangible tool for exploring whether behaviours can emerge or be caused by the interaction of this set of well-defined mechanisms with some equally well-defined learning environment.