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Dynamic Patterns: the Self-Organization of Brain and Behavior

by Scott Kelso The MIT Press
Pub Date:
01/1997
ISBN:
9780262611312
Format:
Pbk 354 pages
Price:
AU$92.00 NZ$93.91
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For the past twenty years Scott Kelso's research has focused on extending the physical concepts of self- organization & the mathematical tools of nonlinear dynamics to understand how human beings (& human brains) perceive, intend, learn, control, & coordinate complex behaviors. In this book Kelso proposes a new, general framework within which to connect brain, mind, and behavior. Kelso's prescription for mental life breaks dramatically with the classical computational approach that is still the operative framework for many newer psychological and neurophysiological studies. His core thesis is that the creation and evolution of patterned behavior at all levels - from neurons to mind - is governed by the generic processes of self-organization. Both human brain and behavior are shown to exhibit features of pattern-forming dynamical systems, including multistability, abrupt phase transitions, crises, and intermittency. Dynamic Patterns brings together different aspects of this approach to the study of human behavior, using simple experimental examples and illustrations to convey essential concepts, strategies, and methods, with a minimum of mathematics. Complex Adaptive Systems series
J. A. Scott Kelso holds the Glenwood and Martha Creech Chair in Science at Florida Atlantic University and is Founder and Director of the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences.