Ambiguity in Mind and Nature

Multistable Cognitive Phenomena

  • Peter Kruse
  • Michael Stadler
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 64)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction

    1. G. Roth
      Pages 1-2
  3. Basic Concepts

  4. Phychophysical and Phenomenological Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. R. Haas, A. Fuchs, H. Haken, E. Horvath, A. S. Pandya, J. A. S. Kelso
      Pages 139-155
  5. Attractors in Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. J. A. S. Kelso, P. Case, T. Holroyd, E. Horvath, J. Rączaszek, B. Tuller et al.
      Pages 159-184
    3. H. Schwegler
      Pages 203-217
  6. Semantic Ambiguity

  7. Models of Multistability

  8. Brain Processes

  9. Symmetry Breaking in Nature

  10. Back Matter
    Pages 479-497

About these proceedings


Ambiguity in Mind and Nature is the result of cognitive multistability, the phenomenon in which an unchanging stimulus, usually visual, gives rise in the subject to an oscillating perceptual interpretation. The vase/face picture is one of the most famous examples.
In this book scientists from many disciplines including physics, biology, psychology, maths and computer science, present recent progress in this fascinating area of cognitive science. Using the phenomenon of multistability as a paradigm they seek to understand how meaning originates in the brain as a consequence of cognitive processes. New advances are achieved by applying concepts such as self-organization, chaos theory and complex systems to the latest results of psychological and neurophysical experiments.


Potential artificial neural network behavior chaos cognition complex system mechanics molecule neural networks perception phase transition problem solving quantum mechanics stability synergetics

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Kruse
    • 1
  • Michael Stadler
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Psychologie und Kognitionsforschung und Zentrum für Kognitionswissenschaften Universität BremenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-78413-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-78411-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-7389
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