In Sync pp 3-22 | Cite as

The How, What, and Why of Functional Synchronization

  • Andrzej K. NowakEmail author
  • Robin R. Vallacher
  • Ryszard Praszkier
  • Agnieszka Rychwalska
  • Michal Zochowski
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


Human behavior can take very diverse forms. In the course of a few hours, you may be preparing breakfast, having an empathic conversation with your partner, dealing with an obnoxious salesperson on the phone, working on a scientific manuscript, engaging in a group discussion with colleagues, and replacing a flickering light in a conference room. Each of these separate acts calls upon a specific set of perceptions, mental operations, physical movements, and social skills, yet the transition between them can seem effortless and can occur in rapid manner. What properties of psychological structure allow for such diversity and capacity for sudden change?

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrzej K. Nowak
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Robin R. Vallacher
    • 4
  • Ryszard Praszkier
    • 5
  • Agnieszka Rychwalska
    • 5
  • Michal Zochowski
    • 6
  1. 1.Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA
  3. 3.Faculty of PsychologySWPS University of Social Sciences and HumanitiesWarsawPoland
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA
  5. 5.The Robert Zajonc Institute for Social StudiesUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland
  6. 6.Department of Physics and Biophysics ProgramUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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