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Dynamic Systems Theory


Dynamic systems is a theoretical framework that is used to understand and predict self-organizing phenomena in complex systems that are constantly changing, reorganizing, and progressing over time. Often mathematical formulae are used to capture processes of change within a given system.


The term “dynamic systems” is used to refer to a variety of phenomena in nonliving and living systems that display nonlinear behavioral changes over time. Behavioral change can occur in clouds formations in the sky or in a chemical reaction; it can reflect a sudden transition of gait pattern in a biological system, or a shift in flying pattern formation in a flock of birds. Dynamic systems aim to study the complex processes driving those changes. They are complex because whether occurring in a single system/organism, or a group of individuals, change occurs as the product of multileveled interactions between the various elements constituting these systems. Collectively, these...

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Connell, J.P., DiMercurio, A., Corbetta, D. (2017). Dynamic Systems Theory. In: Vonk, J., Shackelford, T. (eds) Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer, Cham.

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