Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Localist network modelling in psychology: Ho-hum or hm-m-m?

Craig Leth-Steensen a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI 49855-5334


Localist networks represent information in a very simple and straightforward way. However, localist modelling of complex behaviours ultimately entails the use of intricate “hand-designed” connectionist structures. It is, in fact, mainly these two aspects of localist network models that I believe have turned many researchers off them (perhaps wrongly so).