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


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.