Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
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 [email protected]


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.