Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Author's Response
Commentary on Ichiro Tsuda (2001). Toward an interpretation of dynamic neural activity in terms of chaotic dynamical systems. BBS 24(5):793–810.

Chaotic itinerancy is a key to mental diversity

Ichiro Tsuda a1
a1 Department of Mathematics, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0810, Japan


Kampis proposes the study of chaotic itinerancy, pointing out its significance in domains of cognitive science and philosophy. He has discovered in the concept of chaotic itinerancy the possibility for a new dynamical approach that elucidates mental states with a physical basis. This approach may therefore provide the means to go beyond the connectionist approach. In accordance with his theory, I here highlight three issues regarding chaotic itinerancy: transitory dynamics, diversity, and self-modifying system.