Conceptual foundations of dynamic field theory: Applications in cognitive and developmental science
- Aaron Buss, Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoville, Tennessee, United States
- Sammy Perone, Department of Human Development, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, United States
- Ajaz Bhat, School of Psychology, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom
AbstractDynamical Systems thinking has been influential in the ways psychologists, cognitive scientists, and neuroscientists think about cognition and development. Growing out of an initial emphasis on motor behavior, dynamic field theory (DFT) has applied the concept of dynamic activation fields to address fundamental questions relating to cognition. Over the last two decades, DFT has been applied to a range of domains from basic processes of visual working memory and the planning of eye movements, to more complex cognitive processes such as word learning and executive function. DFT provides important tools for linking cognition with sensori-motor processes, linking timescales from in-the-moment behavior to learning and development, and linking levels of analysis between neural and behavioral data.
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