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ERIC Number: EJ871458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0033-295X
Postscript: About Grandmother Cells and Jennifer Aniston Neurons
Quian Quiroga, Rodrigo; Kreiman, Gabriel
Psychological Review, v117 n1 p297-299 Jan 2010
The current authors reply to a response by Bowers on a comment by the current authors on the original article. A typical problem in any discussion about grandmother cells is that there is not a general consensus about what should be called as such. Here, we discuss possible interpretations in turn and contrast them with what we find in our own data (arguably the closest experimental evidence of grandmother cells so far). A first and naive interpretation of the term grandmother cell is that one and only one neuron encodes for one and only one concept (a face, an object, an animal, etc.). We agree with Bowers (2010) that this is a straw-man version of this idea--although some people still take this view when (incorrectly) arguing that if we would have grandmother cells then the concept of grandma would disappear if her dedicated cell dies--which clearly does not apply to our data.
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Language: English
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