Synergetics of Cognition

Proceedings of the International Symposium at Schloß Elmau, Bavaria, June 4–8, 1989

  • Hermann Haken
  • Michael Stadler
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 45)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Introduction

  3. Network Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. J. A. Anderson, M. L. Rossen, S. R. Viscuso, M. E. Sereno
      Pages 54-69
  4. Oscillatory Processes in the Brain

  5. Stability in Cognitive Systems

  6. Perception and Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. B. Julesz
      Pages 218-232
    3. J. A. S. Kelso
      Pages 249-268
    4. M. T. Turvey, C. Carello, Nam-Gyoon Kim
      Pages 269-295
  7. Psycho-emotional Development and Social Cognition

  8. Language Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 405-405
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 427-440

About these proceedings


This book presents the invited lectures given at the International Symposium on Synergetics of Cognition held at SchloB Elmau, Bavaria (Fed. Rep. of Germany), June 4-8, 1989. The understanding of the processes underlying cognition is certainly one of the most challenging and difficult problems confronting the human mind. It is an enterprise that requires the cooperation of scientists from fields ranging from the neurosciences and psychology through biology to the computer sciences, physics and mathematics. The papers included in this volume reflect this joint effort. As will be evident, there is a remarkable convergence of ideas stemming from various fields, for instance, the earlier ideas on Gestalt theory celebrate a come­ back and remarkable analogies are being established with modem concepts of self-organization as dealt with in the interdisciplinary field of synergetics. The individual topics range from the "microscopic level", where new exciting results on specific oscillations of neural activity are reported, to computer simulations of perception, and finally psychological experiments at the "macroscopic level". We hope that this book will convey to its readers the same enthusiasm that was felt by the participants of the symposium. We wish to thank Mrs. U. Funke for the excellent organisation of the sym­ posium, and the Volkswagen-Stiftung, Hannover, for its financial support. We are furthermore grateful to Christoph Stadler and Zora Franko for their help in com­ piling the name and subject indexes. Finally we wish to thank Springer-Verlag, in particular Dr. Angela Lahee, for the excellent cooperation.


Psychology Synergetics cognition control cortex mathematics neuroscience perception

Editors and affiliations

  • Hermann Haken
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael Stadler
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische Physik und SynergetikUniversität StuttgartStuttgart 80Fed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.Center for Complex SystemsFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA
  3. 3.Fachbereich Human- und Sozialwissenschaften, Studiengang PsychologieUniversität BremenBremen 33Fed. Rep. of Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-48781-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-48779-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-7389
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