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Springer Series in Synergetics

Determinism and Self-Organization of Human Perception and Performance

Authors: Frank, Till

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  • Presents the first self-contained monograph on the subject matter 
  • Adapted for an interdisciplinary audience with both non-technical and advanced material
  • Provides the scientific basis for discussions about determinism versus free will in human actions
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This book discusses human perception and performance within the framework of the theory of self-organizing systems. To that end, it presents a variety of phenomena and experimental findings in the research field, and provides an introduction to the theory of self-organization, with a focus on amplitude equations, order parameter and Lotka-Volterra equations. The book demonstrates that relating the experimental findings to the mathematical models provides an explicit account for the causal nature of human perception and performance. In particular, the notion of determinism versus free will is discussed in this context.

The book is divided into four main parts, the first of which discusses the relationship between the concept of determinism and the fundamental laws of physics. The second part provides an introduction to using the self-organization approach from physics to understand human perception and performance, a strategy used throughout the remainder of the book to connect experimental findings and mathematical models.

In turn, the third part of the book focuses on investigating performance guided by perception: climbing stairs and grasping tools are presented in detail. Perceptually relevant bifurcation parameters in the mathematical models are also identified, e.g. in the context of walk-to-run gait transitions. Chains of perceptions and actions together with their underlying mechanisms are then presented, and a number of experimental phenomena – such as selective attention, priming, child play, bistable perception, retrieval-induced forgetting, functional fixedness and memory effects exhibiting hysteresis with positive or negative sign – are discussed. Human judgment making, internal experiences such as dreaming and thinking, and Freud’s concept of consciousness are also addressed. The fourth and last part of the book explores several specific topics such as learning, social interactions between two people, life trajectories, and applications in clinical psychology. In particular, episodes of mania and depression under bipolar disorder, perception under schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive rituals are discussed. 

This book is intended for researchers and graduate students in psychology, physics, applied mathematics, kinesiology, and the sport sciences who want to learn about the foundations of the field. Written for a mixed audience, the experiments and concepts are presented using non-technical language throughout. In addition, each chapter includes more advanced sections for modelers in the fields of physics and applied mathematics.


About the authors

Till D. Frank received his diploma in physics from the University of Stuttgart in 1996 under the supervision of Prof. Hermann Haken. He obtained his PhD in Human Movement Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2001, and his Habilitation in Physics from the University of Münster in 2006. Till D. Frank is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut affiliated with both the Department of Psychology and the Department of Physics.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-28821-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $169.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-28820-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Determinism and Self-Organization of Human Perception and Performance
Authors
Series Title
Springer Series in Synergetics
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-28821-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-28821-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-28820-4
Series ISSN
0172-7389
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 524
Number of Illustrations
158 b/w illustrations
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