Behavioral Dynamics of Visually Guided Locomotion

  • William H. Warren
  • Brett R. Fajen
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


In their seminal research on coordination dynamics, Scott Kelso and his colleagues have developed an account of biological coordination in which the organization of action is viewed as a species of self-organizing pattern formation. Motor patterns are understood as a reflection of stability properties in a complex dynamical system, such as phase attraction and repulsion, bifurcation, and meta-stability. Moreover, the observation that similar coordination phenomena occur between visually coupled and neurally coupled oscillatory systems, from a swarm of Malaysian fireflies to the limbs of two people, led Scott to the view that coordination dynamics is fundamentally informational rather than physical in nature [29, 30].


Obstacle Avoidance Angular Acceleration Route Selection Stationary Obstacle Behavioral Dynamics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William H. Warren
    • 1
  • Brett R. Fajen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Cognitive and Linguistic SciencesBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Department of Cognitive ScienceRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

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