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James McClelland

Director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Computation
Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences
Primary Area: 
Office Location: 
Jordan Hall, Building 420 Room 344
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Office Phone: 
(650) 725-1232
(650) 725-5699
Laura Hope

Research Summary

Research in my lab addresses a broad range of cognitive neuroscience issues in learning, memory, language and cognitive development. We view cognitive functions as emerging from the parallel, distributed processing activity of neural populations, with learning occurring through the adaptation of connections among participating neurons, as discussed in Parallel Distributed Processing (Rumelhart, McClelland, and the PDP Research Group, 1986). Research opportunities in my lab revolve around efforts to develop explicit computational models based on these ideas; to test, refine, and extend the principles embodied in the models; and then to apply the models to substantive research questions through behavioral experiment, computer simulation, functional brain imaging, and mathematical analysis.


Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, June, 1975

Courses Taught

Psych 209A Parallel Distributed Processing

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