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About Dynapsyc » Dynamical Psychology

About Dynapsyc

For a Belorussian version of general information about Dynapsyc, click here.

Journal Philosophy

Dynamical Psychology is a journal for the study of complex mental processes of all kinds.

We are concerned with, very broadly speaking,

  • the patterns by which psychological processes unfold through time
  • the emergent, persistent structures which arise as a consequence of this unfolding

We are explicitly open to a variety of perspectives on psychological process, including cognitive, behavioral, nonlinear-science, physics-oriented, sociological, phenomenological, and transpersonal.

We are committed to using innovative ideas to understand the mind as a whole, bridging the artificial separations which currently exist between disciplines and subdisciplines.

Recognizing that the goal of science is understanding and not merely data, we aim at a side-by-side presentation of theoretical explorations, mathematical analyses, computational experiments, and empirical data.

DynaPsyc — Past, Present and Future

Dynamical Psychology is an electronic journal

It is a continuation of the paper journal PsychoScience, which existed from 1993-1995, and which was edited by Mark Germine, with assistance from Allan Combs. The contents of the paper issues of PsychoScience are available here online, along with the new DynaPsyc material.

Types of Contribution

Dynamical Psychology contains five types of contribution:

  • research articles presenting experimental data, computational experiments, mathematical analyses, or clearly-formulated theoretical ideas
  • informal essays presenting more personal, wide-ranging views on aspects of mental process
  • survey articles, presenting summaries of past contributions, or synthesizing ideas and results from different paradigms.
  • brief commentaries, pertaining to the contents of research articles, essays, survey articles, or other commentaries
  • book reviews

Authors are invited to submit papers which present innovative, unorthodox interpretations of empirical or computational experiments that have already been described in other publications.

Readers are invited to submit commentary items pertaining to DynaPsyc articles. The ability to present a continuously running stream of commentaries, linked in with articles, is one of the advantages of the electronic format. The level of scholarship involved in commentary items is expected to be well above that of the average Internet newsgroup post.

Particular Areas of Interest

While the scope of DynaPsyc is broad, certain areas are of particular interest to the editors. These include, but are not limited to:

  • nonlinear dynamics and complexity science, used to
    • provide innovative analyses of psychological data
    • construct computational models which emulate the behavior of psychological systems
  • consciousness viewed as a process dynamical system — from any perspective, be it neural networks, abstract algebra, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism or transpersonal psychology
  • the mental construction of reality, viewed from social, psychophysical, complex-systems and neurophysiological perspectives
  • connections between different areas of mind science — e.g. psychophysics and learning theory, quantum physics and psychology, neurobiology and phenomenology, cognitive and transpersonal models of consciousness….

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