Synergetics of Cognition

Proceedings of the International Symposium at Schloss Elmau

Bavaria, June 4 – 8, 1989

Springer Series in Synergetics, Vol. 45

1990, Springer-Verlag Berlin, ISBN 3-540-51929-7




Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hermann Haken

Institut fŸr Theoretische Physik der UniversitŠt Stuttgart

Pfaffenwaldring 57/IV

D-7000 Stuttgart, Fed. Rep. of Germany, and

Center for Complex Systems

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA


Prof. Dr. Michael Stadler

Fachbereich Human- und Sozialwissenschaften

Studiengang Psychologie

UniversitŠt Bremen

D-2800 Bremen 33, Fed. Rep. of Germany






Part I: Introduction


H. Haken: Synergetics as a tool for the conceptualization and mathematization of cognition and behaviour – how far can we go?


M. Stadler, P. Kruse (Dept. of Psychology, University of Bremen, D-2800 Bremen): The self-organization perspective in cognition research. Historical remarks and new experimental approaches



Part II: Network models


J.A. Anderson (Dept. of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912); M.L. Rossen, M.E. Sereno (Dept. of Psychology, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912); S.R. Viscuso (U.S. Army Research Institute, PERI-IC, Alexandria, VA 22333): Experiments with representation in neural networks: object motion, speech, and arithmetic


O. Brousse, P. Smolensky (Dept. of Computer Sciences and Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder CO 80309): Connectionist generalization and incremental learning in combinatorial domains



Part III: Oscillatory Processes in the Brain


C.M. Gray, P. Kšnig, A.K. Engel, W. Singer (Max-Planck-Institut for Brain Research, D-6000 Frankfurt 71): Synchronization of oscillatory responses in visual cortex: a plausible mechanism for scene segmentation


R. Eckhorn, H.J. Reitboeck (Philipps-University, Biophysics Dept., D-3550 Marburg): Stimulus-specific synchronization in cat visual cortex and its possible role in visual pattern recognition


H.J. Reitboeck, R. Eckhorn, M. Arndt, P. Dicke (Applied Physics and Biophysics Dept., Philipps-University Marburg, D-3550 Marburg): A model for feature linking via correlated neural activity


W.J. Freeman (Dept. of Physiology-Anatomy, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720): On the problem of anomalous dispersion in chaoto-chaotic phase transitions of neural masses, and its significance for the management of perceptual information in brains


E. Pšppel, E. Ruhnau, K. Schill, N. v. SteinbŸchel (Institut fŸr Medizinische Psychologie, D-8000 MŸnchen 2): A hypothesis concerning timing in the brain


K.H. Pribram (Dept. of Psychology, Radford University, Radford, VA 24142): Prolegomenon for a holonomic brain theory



Part IV: Stability in cognitive systems


G. Kanizsa, R. Luccio (Istituto di Psicologia, Universitˆ di Trieste, I-34127 Trieste): The phenomenology of autonomous order formation in perception


P. Kruse, M. Stadler (Dept. of Psychology, University of Bremen, D-2800 Bremen): Stability and instability in cognitive systems: multistability, suggestion, and psychosomatic interaction



Part V: Perception and action


B. Julesz (Laboratory of Vision Research, Dept. of Psychology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903, and Division of Biology, CALTECH, Pasadena, CA 91115): Concepts in early vision


I. Rentschler, T. Caelli (Institut fŸr Medizinische Psychologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-UniversitŠt MŸnchen, D-8000 MŸnchen 2): Visual representations in the brain: inferences from psychophysical research


J.A.S. Kelso (Program in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Center for Complex Systems, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431): Phase transitions: foundations of behaviour


M.T. Turvey, C. Carello, Nam-Gyoon Kim (Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269): Links between active perception and the control of action


P.N. Kugler (Dept. of Kinesiology, and the Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801); R.E. Shaw (Intentional Dynamics Laboratory, Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, University of Connecticut, CT 06269): Symmetry and symmetry-breaking in thermodynamic and epistemic engines: a coupling of first and second laws


A.C. Zimmer (University of Regensburg, D-8400 Regensburg): Autonomous organization in perception and motor control



Part VI: Psycho-emotional development and social cognition


U. an der Heiden (UniversitŠt Witten/ Herdecke, D-5610 Witten): Three worlds interactionism and developmental psychology: perspectives of the synergetic approach


N. Bischof (Psychologisches Institut der UniversitŠt ZŸrich, Biologisch-mathematische Abteilung, CH-8032 ZŸrich): Phase transitions in psychoemotional development


J. Portugali (Dept. Of Geography, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978) : Preliminary notes on social synergetics, cognitive maps and environmental recognition


J. Kriz (Fachbereich Psychologie, Klinische Psychologie, UniversitŠt OsnabrŸck, D-4500 OsnabrŸck): Synergetics in clinical psychology



Part VII: Language processes


U.H. Frauenfelder (Max-Planck-Institut fŸr Psycholinguistik, NL-6525 Nijmegen): Structure and computation in the human mental lexicon


W. Wildgen (University of Bremen, Faculty of Languages and Cultural Studies, D-2800 Bremen 33): Basic principles of self-organization in language