Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences

Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences

by Robin Robertson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805817379

ISBN-13: 9780805817379

Pub. Date: 05/01/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book represents the best of the first three years of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology conferences. While chaos theory has been a topic of considerable interest in the physical and biological sciences,
its applications in psychology and related fields have been obscured until recently by its complexity. Nevertheless, a small but rapidly growing…  See more details below

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This book represents the best of the first three years of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology conferences. While chaos theory has been a topic of considerable interest in the physical and biological sciences,
its applications in psychology and related fields have been obscured until recently by its complexity. Nevertheless, a small but rapidly growing community of psychologists, neurobiologists, sociologists, mathematicians, and philosophers have been coming together to discuss its implications and explore its research possibilities.

Chaos theory has been termed the first authentic paradigm shift since the advent of quantum physics. Whether this is true or not, it unquestionably bears profound implications for many fields of thought. These include the cognitive analysis of the mind, the nature of personality, the dynamics of psychotherapy and counseling, understanding brain events and behavioral records, the dynamics of social organization, and the psychology of prediction. To each of these topics, chaos theory brings the perspective of dynamic self-organizing processes of exquisite complexity. Behavior, the nervous system, and social processes exhibit many of the classical characteristics of chaotic systems -- they are deterministic and globally predictable and yet do not submit to precise predictability.

This volume is the first to explore ideas from chaos theory in a broad, psychological perspective. Its introduction, by the prominent neuroscientist Walter Freeman, sets the tone for diverse discussions of the role of chaos theory in behavioral research, the study of personality, psychotherapy and counseling, mathematical cognitive psychology, social organization, systems philosophy, and the understanding of the brain.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805817379
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
414
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1Chaos Theory and the Relationship Between Psychology and Science3
2Chaos, Evolution, and Deep Ecology17
3The Tower of Babel in Nonlinear Dynamics: Toward the Clarification of Terms39
4The Nostril Cycle: A Study in the Methodology of Chaos Science51
5Constraint, Complexity, and Chaos: A Methodological Follow-Up on the Nostril Cycle61
6Anger, Fear, Depression, and Crime: Physiological and Psychological Studies Using the Process Method65
7Is There Evidence for Chaos in the Human Central Nervous System?89
8Naturally Occurring Computational Systems103
9Belief Systems as Attractors123
10A Cognitive Law of Motion135
11Dynamics, Bifurcation, Self-Organization, Chaos, Mind, Conflict, Insensitivity to Initial Conditions, Time, Unification, Diversity, Free Will, and Social Responsibility155
12Chaos, Creativity, and Innovation: Toward a Dynamical Model of Problem Solving179
13Fractals and Path-Dependent Processes: A Theoretical Approach for Characterizing Emergency Medical Responses to Major Disasters199
14Chaos Theory and Social Dynamics: Foundations of Postmodern Social Science217
15Unbalancing Psychoanalytic Theory: Moving Beyond the Equilibrium Model of Freud's Thought239
16Chaotic Phenomena in Psychophysiological Self-Regulation253
17Strange Attractors in Patterns of Family Interaction267
18The Fractal Geometry of Human Nature275
19The Princess and the Swineherd: Applications of Chaos Theory to Psychodynamics285
20Regression as Chaotic Uncertainty and Transformation295
21Chaos, Psychology, and Spirituality309
22Cross-Cultural Chaos319
23Emergence in Neurological Positivism and the Algorithm of Number in Analytical Psychology331
24How Predictable Is the Future: The Conflict Between Traditional Chaos Theory and the Psychology of Prediction, and the Challenge for Chaos Psychology345
25Chaos: The Geometrization of Thought359
Biographies of Authors373
Author Index379
Subject Index389

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