Dynamical Cognitive Science


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.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. Magic, Ritual, and Dynamics
  3. 2. Sequence
  4. 3. Rhythms of Behavior
  5. 4. Time
  6. 5. Cognitive Processes and Time
  7. 6. Systems and General Systems Theory
  8. 7. Science and Theory
  9. 8. Dynamical Versus Statistical Models
  10. 9. Dynamical and Structural Models
  11. 10. Deterministic Versus Stochastic
  12. 11. Linear Time Series Analysis
  13. 12. Probability Theory and Stochastic
  14. 13. Stochastic Models in Physics
  15. 14. Noise
  16. 15. Colored Noise
  17. 16. 1/f Noise in Human Cognition
  18. 17. 1/f Noise in the Brain
  19. 18. Models of 1/f Noise
  20. 19. Statistical Theory of 1/f Noise
  21. 20. Stochastic Resonance
  22. 21. Stochastic Resonance and Perception
  23. 22. Stochastic Resonance in the Brain
  24. 23. Chaos
  25. 24. Chaos and Randomness
  26. 25. Nonlinear Time Series Analysis
  27. 26. Chaos in Human Behavior?
  28. 27. Chaos in the Brain?
  29. 28. Perception of Sequence
  30. 29. Can People Behave Randomly?
  31. 30. Can People Behave Chaotically?
  32. 31. Relaxation Oscillators: A Foundation
  33. 32. Evolution and Ecology of Cognition
  34. 33. Dynamical Cognitive Neuroscience
  35. 34. Dynamical Computation
  36. 35. Dynamical Consciousness
  37. References
  38. Index