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Toward a Continuity Psychology

Michael Spivey

in The Continuity of Mind

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780195170788
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199786831 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170788.003.0001
 Toward a Continuity Psychology

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This chapter outlines the goals of the book: to bring together dynamical systems theory, cognitive and computational neuroscience, connectionism, and ecological psychology to provide an understanding of the mind that is not based on discrete symbols and logical rules. It introduces the concept of a state space embodying all the possible patterns of activation that could, in principle, be exhibited by a group of neurons. Thus, transitioning from one thought (i.e., pattern of neural activation) to another necessarily involves a rather continuous trajectory through that space. This chapter also provides some initial visual depictions and experiential demonstration of this continuous flow in mental activity.

Keywords: cognition; connectionism; representation; information processing; dynamical systems

Chapter.  11976 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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