Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Localist representations are a desirable emergent property of neurologically plausible neural networks

Colin Martindale a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469 [email protected]


Page has done connectionist researchers a valuable service in this target article. He points out that connectionist models using localized representations often work as well or better than models using distributed representations. I point out that models using distributed representations are difficult to understand and often lack parsimony and plausibility. In conclusion, I give an example – the case of the missing fundamental in music – that can easily be explained by a model using localist representations but can be explained only with great difficulty and implausibility by a model using distributed representations.