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Dynamic Thinking: A Primer on Dynamic Field Theory

Gregor Schöner and John Spencer


The concepts of dynamical systems have been influential in the way psychologists, cognitive scientists, and neuroscientists think about sensorimotor behavior and its development. This book introduces the reader to a new approach to understanding cognitive and neural dynamics using the concepts of dynamic field theory (DFT), a theoretical framework of embodied cognition that is firmly grounded in neurophysiology. Dynamic neural fields are formalizations of how neural populations represent the continuous dimensions that characterize perceptual features, movements, and cognitive decisions. Activa ... More

Keywords: dynamic field theory, dynamic neural field, activation pattern, cognition, working memory, detection, selection, behavior

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199300563
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199300563.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregor Schöner, author
Professor and Chair of Theory of Cognitive Systems and Director at the Institut für Neuroinformatik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

John Spencer, author
Professor of Psychology, University of East Anglia

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1 Neural Dynamics

Gregor Schöner, Hendrik Reimann, and Jonas Lins

2 Dynamic Field Theory: Foundations

Gregor Schöner and Anne R. Schutte

3 Embedding Dynamic Field Theory in Neurophysiology

Sebastian Schneegans, Jonas Lins, and Gregor Schöner

4 Embodied Neural Dynamics

Gregor Schöner, Christian Faubel, Evelina Dineva, and Estela Bicho

5 Integration and Selection in Multidimensional Dynamic Fields

Sebastian Schneegans, Jonas Lins, and John P. Spencer

8 Integrating “What” and “Where”

Sebastian Schneegans, John P. Spencer, and Gregor Schöner

9 Dynamic Scene Representations and Autonomous Robotics

Stephan K. U. Zibner and Christian Faubel

10 Developmental Dynamics

Vanessa R. Simmering and Anne R. Schutte

12 Grounding Word Learning in Space and Time

Larissa K. Samuelson and Christian Faubel

13 The Emergence of Higher-Level Cognitive Flexibility

Aaron T. Buss, Timothy Wifall, and Eliot Hazeltine

15 Conclusions

Joseph P. Ambrose, Sebastian Schneegans, Gregor Schöner, and John P. Spencer

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