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Overview

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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"Ward has given us a comprehensive personal perspective on the emerging relations between dynamical theory and cognitive psychology. The subject is evolving and changing so rapidly that it can slip through our fingers even as we look at it. His work can help the reader stop and draw breath, before joining the chase to gain a deeper understanding. He addresses many of the major issues, and indicates problems that others have addressed or are now addressing. Contrasts are made with traditional more static theoretical stances in psychology. His book should serve as a useful introductory text to the proliferating journal articles which now are taking methodology and results further, to resolve the problems he delineates."—Robert A. M. Gregson, Emeritus Professor,Australian National UniversityPlease note: Endorser gives permission to excerpt whole sentences.
Robert A. M. Gregson
Ward has given us a comprehensive personal perspective on the emerging relations between dynamical theory and cognitive psychology. The subject is evolving and changing so rapidly that it can slip through our fingers even as we look at it. His work can help the reader stop and draw breath, before joining the chase to gain a deeper understanding. He addresses many of the major issues, and indicates problems that others have addressed or are now addressing. Contrasts are made with traditional more static theoretical stances in psychology. His book should serve as a useful introductory text to the proliferating journal articles which now are taking methodology and results further, to resolve the problems he delineates.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262232173
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 371
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence M. Ward is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Magic, Ritual, and Dynamics 1
Ch. 2 Sequence 9
Ch. 3 Rhythms of Behavior 17
Ch. 4 Time 25
Ch. 5 Cognitive Processes and Time 35
Ch. 6 Systems and General Systems Theory 45
Ch. 7 Science and Theory 53
Ch. 8 Dynamical versus Statical Models 61
Ch. 9 Dynamical and Structural Models 71
Ch. 10 Deterministic versus Stochastic Dynamical Models 81
Ch. 11 Linear Time Series Analysis 89
Ch. 12 Probability Theory and Stochastic Models 99
Ch. 13 Stochastic Models in Physics 107
Ch. 14 Noise 115
Ch. 15 Colored Noise 125
Ch. 16 1/f Noise in Human Cognition 135
Ch. 17 1/f Noise in the Brain 145
Ch. 18 Models of 1/f Noise 155
Ch. 19 Statistical Theory of 1/f Noise 165
Ch. 20 Stochastic Resonance 175
Ch. 21 Stochastic Resonance and Perception 183
Ch. 22 Stochastic Resonance in the Brain 193
Ch. 23 Chaos 201
Ch. 24 Chaos and Randomness 209
Ch. 25 Nonlinear Time Series Analysis 219
Ch. 26 Chaos in Human Behavior? 229
Ch. 27 Chaos in the Brain? 237
Ch. 28 Perception of Sequence 245
Ch. 29 Can People Behave Randomly? 255
Ch. 30 Can People Behave Chaotically? 263
Ch. 31 Relaxation Oscillators: A Foundation for Dynamical Modeling 273
Ch. 32 Evolution and Ecology of Cognition 285
Ch. 33 Dynamical Cognitive Neuroscience 295
Ch. 34 Dynamical Computation 305
Ch. 35 Dynamical Consciousness 315
References 325
Index 349
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