Psychological Modification and Synergetic Modelling of Perceptual Oscillations

  • P. Kruse
  • M. Stadler
  • D. Strüber
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 55)


The rapidity, ease, and temporal stability of actual genetical order formation in perception suggests a general theoretical concept in which the perceptual process is viewed as a more or less direct informational input. The aspect of autonomous order formation in perception and the question for inner-systemic tendencies which govern the emergence of relation, form, and meaning are lost from view. Following the historical line of Gestalt psychology some old phenomena are revisited which gain special importance in investigating and modelling perceptual processes on the background of self-organization theory. On the basis of spontaneous perceptual oscillations and reorganizations some theoretical and empirical aspects of investigating autonomous order formation in perception are discussed and illustrated. The idea is forwarded that these perceptual phenomena and possibly perception in general can be described and understood best by describing and understanding the underlying dynamics of the cognitive system. Taking the example of perceptual multi- stability the approach of synergetics is favoured as a promising tool for further investigation.


Order Formation Binocular Rivalry Relative Duration Intrinsic Dynamic Maximum Adaptation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Kruse
  • M. Stadler
  • D. Strüber
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BremenDepartment of PsychologyGermany

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