Mind as Motion

Explorations in the Dynamics of Cognition

Mind as Motion is the first comprehensive presentation of the dynamical approach to cognition. It contains a representative sampling of original, current research on topics such as perception, motor control, speech and language, decision making, and development. Included are chapters by pioneers of the approach, as well as others applying the tools of dynamics to a wide range of new problems. Throughout, particular attention is paid to the philosophical foundations of this radical new research program.

Cognitive science has traditionally been dominated by an AI-based computational paradigm in which cognition is taken to be the manipulation of internal symbols. Even as the potential of this paradigm continues to be explored, limitations are becoming increasingly apparent. Researchers throughout cognitive science have been casting around for alternative theoretical frameworks. Out of this flux has emerged the dynamical concept, according to which cognitive processes are the behavior of nonlinear dynamical systems and are best studied using the mathematics of dynamical modeling and dynamical systems theory.

Mind as Motion provides a conceptual and historical overview of the dynamical approach, a tutorial introduction to dynamics for cognitive scientists, and a glossary covering the most frequently used terms. Each chapter includes an introduction by the editors, outlining its main ideas and placing it in context, and a guide to further reading.

Contributors: Randall Beer, Geoffrey Bingham, Catherine Browman, Jerome Busemeyer, Claudia Carello, Fred Cummins, Jeffrey Elman, Marco Giunti, Louis Goldstein, Stephen Grossberg, Devin McAuley, Mary Ann Metzger, Alec Norton, Jean Petitot, Robert Port, Dana Redington, Steven Reidbord, Elliot Saltzman, Esther Thelen, James Townsend, Michael Turvey, Paul van Geert, Timothy van Gelder

A Bradford Book

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. It's About Time: An Overview of the Dynamical Approach to Cognition

    Timothy van Gelder and Robert F. Port

  3. 2. Dynamics: An Introduction

    Alec Norton

  4. 3. Time-Scale Dynamics and the Development of an Embodied Cognition

    Esther Thelen

  5. 4. Dynamic Representation of Decision-Making

    James T. Townsend and Jerome Busmeyer

  6. 5. Computational and Dynamical Languages for Autonomous Agents

    Randall D. Beer

  7. 6. Dynamics and Coordinate Systems in Skilled Sensorimotor Activity

    Elliot L. Saltzman

  8. 7. Dynamics and Articulatory Phonology

    Catherine P. Browman and Louis Goldstein

  9. 8. Language as a Dynamical System

    Jeffrey L. Elman

  10. 9. Morphodynamics and Attractor Syntax: Constituency in Visual Perception and Cognitive Grammar

    John Petitot

  11. 10. The Induction of Dynamical Recognizers

    Jordan B. Pollack

  12. 11. Growth Dynamics in Development

    Paul van Geert

  13. 12. Naive Time, Temporal Patterns, and Human Audition

    Robert F. Port, Fred Cummins and J. Devin McAuley

  14. 13. Some Dynamical Themes in Perception and Action

    M. T. Turvey and Claudia Carello

  15. 14. Dynamics and the Problem of Visual Event Recognition

    Geoffrey P. Bingham

  16. 15. Neural Dynamics of Motion Perception, Recognition Learning, and Spatial Attention

    Stephen Grossberg

  17. 16. Multiprocess Models Applied to Cognitive and Behavioral Dynamics

    Mary Ann Metzger

  18. 17. The Dynamics of Mind and Body During Clinical Interviews: Research Trends, Potential, and Future Directions

    Steven P. Reidbord and Dana J. Redington

  19. 18. Dynamical Models of Cognition

    Marco Giunti

  20. Glossary
  21. Contributors
  22. Index