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Formal Models and Cognitive Mechanisms of the Human Sensory System

Formal Models and Cognitive Mechanisms of the Human Sensory System
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Author(s): Yingxu Wang (International Institute of Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing (ICIC), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada)
Copyright: 2013
Volume: 5
Issue: 3
Pages: 21
Source title: International Journal of Software Science and Computational Intelligence (IJSSCI)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Brij Gupta (National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India) and Andrew W.H. Ip (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/ijssci.2013070104

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Abstract

The human sensory system is a perfect natural real-time distributed system. It transforms physical and chemical stimuli of the external environment into electronic neural signals by specialized sensory receptors. This paper presents a comprehensive framework of the human sensory system as well as its cognitive and theoretical foundations. A set of primary and perceptual sensory and neural receptors is formally modeled and analyzed. Sensory neural interfaces and interactions to the central and peripheral nervous systems of the brain and associated memories are systematically described. This work is a part of a strategic project towards the development of cognitive computers and cognitive robots.

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