Dynamical Cognitive Science

Dynamical Cognitive Science

by Lawrence M. Ward
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262232170

ISBN-13: 9780262232173

Pub. Date: 12/01/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

Dynamical Cognitive Science makes available to the cognitive science community the analytical tools and techniques of dynamical systems science, adding the variables of change and time to the study of human cognition.
The unifying theme is that human behavior is an "unfolding in time" whose study should be augmented by the application of time-sensitive

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Dynamical Cognitive Science makes available to the cognitive science community the analytical tools and techniques of dynamical systems science, adding the variables of change and time to the study of human cognition.
The unifying theme is that human behavior is an "unfolding in time" whose study should be augmented by the application of time-sensitive tools from disciplines such as physics, mathematics, and economics, where change over time is of central importance.

The book provides a fast-paced, comprehensive introduction to the application of dynamical systems science to the cognitive sciences. Topics include linear and nonlinear time series analysis, chaos theory,
complexity theory, relaxation oscillators, and metatheoretical issues of modeling and theory building. Tools and techniques are discussed in the context of their application to basic cognitive science problems, including perception, memory,
psychophysics, judgment and decision making, and consciousness. The final chapter summarizes the contemporary study of consciousness and suggests how dynamical approaches to cognitive science can help to advance our understanding of this central concept.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262232173
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
371
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Magic, Ritual, and Dynamics1
Ch. 2Sequence9
Ch. 3Rhythms of Behavior17
Ch. 4Time25
Ch. 5Cognitive Processes and Time35
Ch. 6Systems and General Systems Theory45
Ch. 7Science and Theory53
Ch. 8Dynamical versus Statical Models61
Ch. 9Dynamical and Structural Models71
Ch. 10Deterministic versus Stochastic Dynamical Models81
Ch. 11Linear Time Series Analysis89
Ch. 12Probability Theory and Stochastic Models99
Ch. 13Stochastic Models in Physics107
Ch. 14Noise115
Ch. 15Colored Noise125
Ch. 161/f Noise in Human Cognition135
Ch. 171/f Noise in the Brain145
Ch. 18Models of 1/f Noise155
Ch. 19Statistical Theory of 1/f Noise165
Ch. 20Stochastic Resonance175
Ch. 21Stochastic Resonance and Perception183
Ch. 22Stochastic Resonance in the Brain193
Ch. 23Chaos201
Ch. 24Chaos and Randomness209
Ch. 25Nonlinear Time Series Analysis219
Ch. 26Chaos in Human Behavior?229
Ch. 27Chaos in the Brain?237
Ch. 28Perception of Sequence245
Ch. 29Can People Behave Randomly?255
Ch. 30Can People Behave Chaotically?263
Ch. 31Relaxation Oscillators: A Foundation for Dynamical Modeling273
Ch. 32Evolution and Ecology of Cognition285
Ch. 33Dynamical Cognitive Neuroscience295
Ch. 34Dynamical Computation305
Ch. 35Dynamical Consciousness315
References325
Index349

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