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 [email protected]


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.