Nonlinear Dynamics in the Life and Social Sciences (NATO Science Series, Series A: Life Sciences Vol. 320) / Edition 1

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This book features contributions of well known scientists working on Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences. It includes empirical studies of neural encoding, memory, eye movements, warfare, business cycles and selection of time series analysis algorithms. There are theoretical chapters on emergence and social dynamics. There are clinical contributions dealing with the measurement of the quality of life in psychiatric patients, psychosis, the organization of self, the role of love in family dynamics. Finally ideas from non linear dynamics are applied to understanding the nature of creative processes. The book is accessible to beginning and seasoned researchers alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586030209
  • Publisher: IOS Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: NATO Science Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 417
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Chaos Theory
Application of Chaos 3
Entropy, Information and Ordering Criteria in Open Systems 13
Stabilization of Unstable Periodic Orbits of Chaotic Dynamical Systems 33
Chaotic Oscillations and the Genesis of Meaning in Cerebral Cortex 45
Ch. 2 System Effects
Quantitative Languages for Complex Systems Applied to Biological Structure 65
Bridge from Classical to Quantum Theory of Open Systems 72
The Neural Basis of Mental Representations: Nonlinear Perspectives 98
Emergence, Radical Novelty, and the Philosophy of Mathematics 133
Asymptotic Analysis of Traveling Fronts for Reaction-Transport Systems via Hamilton-Jacobi Formalism 153
Ch. 3 Time Series
Dynamical Data Analysis at the Turn of the Century 169
Wavelet Analysis and its Applications to Time Series 176
Nonlinear Analysis of 30-Second Sleep Stage Epochs 195
Investigation of Variability of Indexes of Myocardial Contractility by Complexity Measures in Patients with Hypertension 204
Ch. 4 Modeling in Life Sciences
Principles, Concepts and Phenomena of Ensembles with Variable Structure (EVS) 217
Numerical Study of Bifurcation Phenomena in Nerve Cells 232
Realistic Modeling of Cardiac Arrhythmia 244
Analysis of Rotating DLA-Clusters: Theory and Computer Simulation 253
Online Estimation of the State and Parameters in Compartmental Models Using Extended Kalman Filter 262
Ch. 5 Nonlinear Dynamics in Psychology and Social Sciences
Three Centuries of Category Errors in Studies of the Neural Basis of Consciousness and Intentionality 275
Universals and Specifics in Psychology 286
Nonlinear Dynamics and Psychiatry 308
Construction of System Dynamics from Multivariate Data 325
Head-tracking Fractal Dynamics in Visually Pursuing a Virtual Target 333
Ch. 6 Nonlinear Dynamics in Biology and Ecology
The Complexity of Evolution 349
The Gene Centered View of Evolution and Symmetry Breaking and Pattern Formation in Spatially Distributed Evolutionary Processes 360
Nonlinear DNA Dynamics 369
Chaos and Order on Spatially Structured Plankton Dynamics. A Theoretical Study 383
Self-Organisation in Fish School 398
On Certain Properties of Dayhoff Matric Transformation 407
Author Index 417
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