Understanding Complex Systems

In Sync

The Emergence of Function in Minds, Groups and Societies

Authors: Nowak, A., Vallacher, R., Praszkier, R., Rychwalska, A., Zochowski, M.

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  • Introduces functional synchronization for psychological and social systems
  • Investigates the disassembly-resynchronization scenario from the level of the emergence of thought, via social relations to the structure of societies
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This book introduces the reader to the concept of functional synchronization and how it operates on very different levels in psychological and social systems – from the emergence of thought to the formation of social relations and the structure of societies.

For years, psychologists have investigated phenomena such as self-concept, social judgment, social relations, group dynamics, and cooperation and conflict, but have discussed these phenomena seoarately.This book shows how synchronization provides a foundational approach to these otherwise distinct and diverse psychological processes.This work shows that there is a basic tendency with many processes to become coordinated and progressively integrated into increasingly larger units through well-defined processes. For these larger units, new and largely adaptive functions emerge. 

Although synchronization affords progressive integration of system elements to enable correspondingly higher-order functions, the trajectory of synchronization is often characterized by periods of assembly and disassembly of system elements. This occurs when a task is completed and synchronization is no longer essential so that the elements once again operate in an independent fashion. It is argued that the disassembly-resynchronization scenario occurs at all levels of psychological and social reality. The implications of this approach for important issues in interpersonal relations and societal processes are discussed.

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Prof. Andrzej Nowak received his PhD in 1987 from the University of Warsaw, where he is currently a professor and director of the Center for Complex Systems Research. He is director and founder of the Institute of Social Psychology of Internet and Communication at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Prof. Nowak is one of the founders of dynamical social psychology. His scientific interests include complex systems and applying computer simulations in psychology and social sciences.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
In Sync
Book Subtitle
The Emergence of Function in Minds, Groups and Societies
Authors
Series Title
Understanding Complex Systems
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-38987-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-38987-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-38986-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-38989-5
Series ISSN
1860-0832
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 226
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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