Book Chapter

Dynamic coordination in brain and mind



Phillips W, von der Malsburg C & Singer W (2010) Dynamic coordination in brain and mind. In: von der Malsburg C, Phillips W & Singer W (eds.) Dynamic Coordination in the Brain: From Neurons to Mind. Strungmann Forum Reports, 5. Cambridge MA: MIT Press, pp. 1-24.

Our goal here is to clarify the concept of 'dynamic coordination', and to note major issues that it raises for the cognitive neurosciences. In general, coordinating interactions are those that produce coherent and relevant overall patterns of activity, while preserving the essential individual identities and functions of the activities coordinated. 'Dynamic coordination' is the coordination that is created on a moment-by-moment basis so as to deal effectively with unpredictable aspects of the current situation. We distinguish different computational goals for dynamic coordination, and outline issues that arise concerning local cortical circuits, brain systems, cognition, and evolution. Our focus here is on dynamic coordination by widely distributed processes of self-organisation, but we also discuss the role of central executive processes.

Title of seriesStrungmann Forum Reports
Number in series5
Publication date31/12/2010
PublisherMIT Press
Publisher URL
Place of publicationCambridge MA

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Professor Bill Phillips

Professor Bill Phillips

Emeritus Professor, Psychology