Dynamic Thinking: A Primer on Dynamic Field Theory

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Oxford University Press, Nov 12, 2015 - Psychology - 288 pages
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Dynamic Thinking: A Primer on Dynamic Field Theory introduces the reader to a new approach to understanding cognitive and neural dynamics using the concepts of Dynamic Field Theory (DFT). Dynamic Neural Fields are formalizations of how neural populations represent the continuous dimensions of perceptual features, movements, and cognitive decisions. The concepts of DFT establish links between brain and behavior, revealing ways in which models of brain function can be tested with both neural and behavioral measures. Thus, DFT bridges the gap between brain and behavior, between neuroscience and the behavioral sciences. The book provides systematic tutorials on the central concepts of DFT and their grounding in both dynamical systems theory and neurophysiology. The concrete mathematical implementation of these concepts is laid out, supported by hands-on exercises that make use of interactive simulators in MATLAB. The book also contains a large set of exemplary case studies in which the concepts and associated models are used to understand how elementary forms of embodied cognition emerge and develop.
 

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Contents

Contributors
Foundations of Dynamic Field Theory
Neural Dynamics
Foundations
Embedding Dynamic Field Theory in Neurophysiology
Embodied Neural Dynamics
Integrating LowerLevel PerceptionAction with
Integrating Perception and Working Memory in a ThreeLayer
Dynamic Scene Representations and Autonomous Robotics
Integrating Thinking over Multiple Timescales
A Process View of Learning and Development in an Autonomous
Grounding Word Learning in Space and Time
Dynamic
Autonomous Sequence Generation in Dynamic Field Theory
A Howto Guide to Modeling with Dynamic Field
Index

SensoryMotor and Cognitive Transformation
Visual Working Memory

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Gregor Schöner is a Professor and Chair of Theory of Cognitive Systems as well as the Director at the Institut für Neuroinformatik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. John P. Spencer is a Professor of Psychology at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK.

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