Cognitive engineering based knowledge representation in neural networks

Nong Ye, Gavriel Salvendy

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

8 Scopus citations


A model of a human neural knowledge processing system is presented that suggests the following. First, an entity in the outside world lends to be locally encoded in neural networks so that the conceptual information structure is mirrored in its physical implementation. Second, the knowledge of problem solving is implemented in a quite implicit way in the internal structure of the neural network (a functional group of associated hidden neurons and their connections to entity neurons) not in individual neurons or connections. Third, the knowledge system is organized and implemented in a modular fashion in neural networks according to the local specialization of problem solving where a module of neural network implements an inter-related group of knowledge such as a schema, and different modules have similar processing mechanisms, but differ in their input and output patterns. A neural network module can be tuned just as a schema structure can be adapted for changing environments. Three experiments were conducted to try to validate the suggested cognitive engineering based knowledge structure in neural networks through computer simulation. The experiments, which were based on a task of modulo arithmetic, provided some insights into the plausibility of the suggested model of a neural knowledge processing system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-418
Number of pages16
JournalBehaviour and Information Technology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Human-Computer Interaction


Dive into the research topics of 'Cognitive engineering based knowledge representation in neural networks'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this