Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Continuing Commentary
Martha J. Farah (1994). Neuropsychological inference with an interactive brain: A critique of the “locality” assumption. BBS 17:43–104.

Locality, modularity, and computational neural networks

Horst Bischof a1
a1 Department for Pattern Recognition and Image Processing, Technical University Vienna, Treiltlstr, 3/1832, Austria www.prip.tuwien,


There is a distinction between locality and modularity. These two terms have often been used interchangeably in the target article and commentary. Using this distinction we argue in favor of a “weak” modularity. In addition we also argue that both PDP-type networks and box-and-arrow models have their own strengths and pitfalls.