Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

A neural-network interpretation of selection in learning and behavior

José E Burgos a1
a1 University of Guadalajara, Col. Chapalita, Guadalajara, Jalisco 45030, Mexico


In their account of learning and behavior, the authors define an interactor as emitted behavior that operates on the environment, which excludes Pavlovian learning. A unified neural-network account of the operant-Pavlovian dichotomy favors interpreting neurons as interactors and synaptic efficacies as replicators. The latter interpretation implies that single-synapse change is inherently Lamarckian.