Behavioral and Brain Sciences



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van Gelder: The dynamical hypothesis

The dynamical hypothesis in social cognition


J. Richard Eiser a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QG, United Kingdom j.r.eiser@ex.ac.uk

Abstract

Research in attitudes and social cognition exemplifies van Gelder's distinction between the computational and dynamical approaches. The former emphasizes linear measurement and rational decision-making. The latter considers processes of associative memory and self-organization in attitude formation and social influence. The study of dynamical processes in social cognition has been facilitated by connectionist approaches to computation.



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