Paul Cockshott wpc at
Tue Jul 25 01:24:25 MDT 1995

Grandmother cells is the faintly derisive term used by
advocates of distributed representation to criticise
the idea of highly specialised individiual cells in the
higher levels of the visual cortex. The implication is
that if you recognise your granny there must be a cell
in the cortex specialiesed to fire when she hoves into
view. Although the notion was ridiculed for some time,
recent research on face recognition by monkeys indicate
that there are specific cells that fire only when another
known monkey is in sight.

I could with some chasing of a research student get you
the reference.

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