Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
van Gelder: The dynamical hypothesis

Dynamical embodiments of computation in cognitive processes

James P. Crutchfield a1
a1 Physics Department, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-7300, and Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM 87501


Dynamics is not enough for cognition, nor it is a substitute for information-processing aspects of brain behavior. Moreover, dynamics and computation are not at odds, but are quite compatible. They can be synthesized so that any dynamical system can be analyzed in terms of its intrinsic computational components.