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Toward a Unified Theory of Development Connectionism and Dynamic System Theory Re-Consider$
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John Spencer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300598.001.0001

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Moving toward a Unified Theory While Valuing the Importance of the Initial Conditions

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(p.354) CHAPTER 18 Moving toward a Unified Theory While Valuing the Importance of the Initial Conditions
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Toward a Unified Theory of Development Connectionism and Dynamic System Theory Re-Consider
Author(s):

John P. Spencer

Evelina Dineva

Gregor Schöner

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300598.003.0018

This chapter seeks to articulate and clarify cases of perceived differences between dynamical systems theory (DST) and the connectionist (CN) approaches that are not real, as well as cases of perceived differences that are real. It discusses the implications of efforts to integrate the two approaches for developmental science more generally. Clarifying similarities/differences between approaches offers far more that just technical clarity for co-called modeler types; it offers a vision of a new, integrative, developmental theory.

Keywords:   connectionism, dynamic systems theory, cognitive development, developmental theory

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