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Dynamic Coordination in the BrainFrom Neurons to Mind$
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Christoph von der Malsburg, William A. Phillips, and Wolf Singer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014717

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014717.001.0001

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Dynamic Coordination in Brain and Mind

Dynamic Coordination in Brain and Mind

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Dynamic Coordination in the Brain
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William A. Phillips

Christoph von der Malsburg

Wolf Singer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014717.003.0001

This chapter focuses on dynamic coordination in the brain and mind and its major implications for the cognitive neurosciences. Coordinating interactions give rise to coherent and relevant patterns of activity without disrupting the essential individual identities and functions of the activities being coordinated. Dynamic coordination deals effectively with unpredictable aspects of the current situation. The chapter discusses how biological systems combine reliability and flexibility in nature before exploring a variety of computational goals for dynamic coordination and issues related to cognition, local cortical circuits, brain systems, and evolution. It also looks at dynamic coordination resulting from widely distributed processes of self-organization as well as the role of executive control. In addition, the chapter considers how holism is combined with localism in neuroscience.

Keywords:   dynamic coordination, brain, mind, cognitive neurosciences, cognition, local cortical circuits, evolution, self-organization, executive control, holism

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