Definition of connectionism in English:



  • [mass noun] An artificial intelligence approach to cognition in which multiple connections between nodes (equivalent to brain cells) form a massive interactive network in which many processes take place simultaneously and certain processes, operating in parallel, are grouped together in hierarchies that bring about results such as thought or action.

    • ‘He also anticipated the themes associated with perceptual plasticity, developmental accounts of modularity, and connectionism.’
    • ‘That led me into this debate about connectionism, which is about how you might build a neural network model of the mind.’
    • ‘He is an exponent of connectionism, the theory that behavior and thought should ultimately be explained in terms of physical connections between neurons.’
    • ‘There is a major debate within the philosophy of mind between proponents of classical cognitive architecture and proponents of connectionism.’
    • ‘Eliminativists are interested in connectionism because it promises to provide a conceptual foundation that might replace folk psychology.’