Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
van Gelder: The dynamical hypothesis

The dynamical hypothesis: The role of biological constraints on cognition

Keith Davids a1 and Simon Bennett a1
a1 Motor Control Group, Manchester Metropolitan University, Alsager ST7 2HL, Cheshire, United Kingdom [email protected]


For the dynamical hypothesis to be defended as a viable alternative to a computational perspective on natural cognition, the role of biological constraints needs to be considered. This task requires a detailed understanding of the structural organization and function of the dynamic nervous system, as well as a theoretical approach that grounds cognitive activity within the constraints of organism and ecological context.