Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Next step, synergetics?

Wolfgang Tschacher a1 and Ulrich M. Junghan a1
a1 Department of Social and Community Psychiatry, University of Bern, CH-3010 Bern, Switzerland


Thelen et al. offer an inspiring behavior-based theory of a long-standing cognitive problem. They demonstrate how joining traditions, old (the Gestaltist field theory) and new (dynamical systems theory) may open up the path towards embodied cognition. We discuss possible next steps. Self-organization theory (synergetics) could be used to address the formation of gaze/reach attractors and their optimality, given environmental control parameters. Finally, some clinical applications of the field model are advocated.