Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Adding ingredients to the self-organizing dynamic system stew: Motivation, communication, and higher-level emotions – and don't forget the genes!

Ross Buck a1
a1 Department of Communication Sciences and Psychology, Communication Sciences U-1085, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-1085


Self-organizing dynamic systems (DS) modeling is appropriate to conceptualizing the relationship between emotion and cognition-appraisal. Indeed, DS modeling can be applied to encompass and integrate additional phenomena at levels lower than emotional interpretations (genes), at the same level (motives), and at higher levels (social, cognitive, and moral emotions). Also, communication is a phenomenon involved in dynamic system interactions at all levels.