Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Quartz & Sejnowski: Cognitive development

'Tis all in pieces (separate RFs and CFs), all coherence gone

Ernst Neibur a1 and Marius Usher a2
a1 Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute and Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218
a2 Department of Psychology, University of Kent at Canterbury, Canterbury, CT2 7NP, United Kingdom


We argue that the separation between CF (contextual field) and RF (receptive field) in relation to the NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) system is empirically questionable and that it is functionally unnecessary. In addition, the proposed suppression of unexpected information will in many cases be counterproductive.