Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Psychological-level systems theory: The missing link in bridging emotion theory and neurobiology through dynamic systems modeling

Philip Barnard a1 and Tim Dalgleish a1
a1 Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Medical Research Council, Cambridge CB2 2EF, United Kingdom


Bridging between psychological and neurobiological systems requires that the system components are closely specified at both the psychological and brain levels of analysis. We argue that in developing his dynamic systems theory framework, Lewis has sidestepped the notion of a psychological level systems model altogether, and has taken a partisan approach to his exposition of a brain-level systems model.