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FP7 INSIGHT

INSIGHT

Project reference: 308943
Funded under

INSIGHT - DARWINIAN NEURODYNAMICS

From 2013-03-01 to 2016-08-31, closed project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 863 634

EU contribution:

EUR 2 219 079

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-CSee other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Despite eminent and numerous attempts to understand complex thinking, insight problem solving and language acquisition, one is left with the feeling that an essential component of these processes is being overlooked. This project offers and elaborates the Neural Replicator Hypothesis (NRH) stating that this missing ingredient is true Darwinian neurodynamics of replicators within the brain itself. Previous related approaches have been either sketchy, metaphorical, merely philosophical, or have used selection but not replication. INSIGHT is based on, and will refine, plausible neurobiological foundations of neuronal replicators despite the fact that neurons do not reproduce. It will show that Darwinian neurodynamics offers a credible and efficient algorithm for approximate Bayesian inference in the brain. The project will investigate the NRH in three ways: (1) The hypothesis will be worked out rigorously using formal models and computer simulations, (2) Its empirical relevance will be tested both from the viewpoint of neurophysiology using cell cultures, and from the viewpoint of human psychology using psychological experiments and neuroimaging. (3) Its ICT application potential is tested for two critical domains: robotics and language communication. Robotics work will test whether Darwinian neurodynamic controllers can be constructed that allow robots to engage in open-ended creative autonomous exploration.

Language processing research will test whether detailed models of language learning that are based on a replicator dynamics of grammatical constructions is effective for explaining and synthesizing creative linguistic performance.

Objective

Despite eminent and numerous attempts to understand complex thinking, insight problem solving and language acquisition, one is left with the feeling that an essential component of these processes is being overlooked. This project offers and elaborates the Neural Replicator Hypothesis (NRH) stating that this missing ingredient is true Darwinian neurodynamics of replicators within the brain itself. Previous related approaches have been either sketchy, metaphorical, merely philosophical, or have used selection but not replication. INSIGHT is based on, and will refine, plausible neurobiological foundations of neuronal replicators despite the fact that neurons do not reproduce. It will show that Darwinian neurodynamics offers a credible and efficient algorithm for approximate Bayesian inference in the brain. The project will investigate the NRH in three ways: (1) The hypothesis will be worked out rigorously using formal models and computer simulations, (2) Its empirical relevance will be tested both from the viewpoint of neurophysiology using cell cultures, and from the viewpoint of human psychology using psychological experiments and neuroimaging. (3) Its ICT application potential is tested for two critical domains: robotics and language communication. Robotics work will test whether Darwinian neurodynamic controllers can be constructed that allow robots to engage in open-ended creative autonomous exploration. Language processing research will test whether detailed models of language learning that are based on a replicator dynamics of grammatical constructions is effective for explaining and synthesizing creative linguistic performance.

Related information

Coordinator

PARMENIDES STIFTUNG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 592 080


KIRCHPLATZ 1
82049 MUNCHEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Eörs Szathmáry
Tel.: +49 89 45209 350
Fax: +49 89 452093 511
E-mail

Participants

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 529 015


BATIMENT CE 3316 STATION 1
1015 LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Dario Floreano
Tel.: +41 21 693 5966
Fax: +41 21 693 5859
E-mail
UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 423 514


PLACA DE LA MERCE, 10-12
08002 BARCELONA
Spain
Administrative contact: Eva Martin
Tel.: +34935422140
Fax: +34935421440
E-mail
IN SRL
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 70 000


VIA MANZINI 21
33100 UDINE
Italy
Administrative contact: Laura Martinelli
Tel.: +390432575227
Fax: +390432575227
E-mail
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Participation ended
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 113 116


327 MILE END ROAD
E1 4NS LONDON
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Reuben Almeida
Tel.: +44 20 7882 6038
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 491 354


Sussex House
BN1 9RH FALMER, BRIGHTON
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Amanda Britt
Tel.: +44 1273 873831
E-mail
Record Number: 108232 / Last updated on: 2016-09-08