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 Large Scale Neural Integration 
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Post Large Scale Neural Integration
The process of visual perception is described as beginning with the breaking up of a given scene into isolated fragments detected by many widely distributed individual neurons.Yet, visual perception is found somehow to resemble these fragments into complete objects - integrated, coherent wholes, or gestalts- which, of course, what appear in vision.

The "large scale integration problem" or "binding problem" is how the brain activity of widely spread out individual neurons come to be selected and coordinated in such a way as to produce unified cognition- a coherent visual whole, for example (Lutz et al. 2002). The dynamic "links" among the components of the nervous system are seen as the important thing for understanding large-scale integration, and not the components themselves, . Integrated, coherent consciousness as wholes (or gestalts) requires many different parts of the brain working together in concert, requires coherence underlying brain processes. In the early 1990's, an attractive, though controversial, theoretical solution to the large-scale integration problem emerged from the work of Wolf Singer,director of the Frankfurt's Mac Planck Institute for Brain Research., and a number of others who found a "synchronized firing" of neurons to portions of the same object. A synchronized firing of neurons is neurons firing together, correlated firing," "regular rhythmic patterns of firing activity" (Austin 1998, 710). Stinger (2001) suggested that such synchronized firing might be responsible for binding together of responses from multiple, widely dispersed individual neurons and the the binding together might underlie high-level cognitive processes.

Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:30 am
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Post Re: Large Scale Neural Integration
Sounds like some fancy guesswork.

The term large scale integration was used in the chip manufacturing business decades ago. Now it is being applied by someone to the brain. It's robots or the simulation peeking out.

Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:41 am
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Post Re: Large Scale Neural Integration
Peeking out...

Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:30 am
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