The process of reinforcement of some neuronal groups in the brain and elimination of other groups.
This theory, proposed by G. EDELMAN (1987) as a "theory of neuronal groups selection", seeks to explain the progressive organization of the brain as a result of the acquired dominance of some groups of neurons which become frequently reactivated through re-entries of signal impulses.
This process leads to the stabilization of some specific perceptive and ordering patterns, which become the basis for future evaluations of new perceptions. It seems to correspond to the progressive construction of reference frames.
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