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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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A Developmental Systems Theory Perspective on Psychological Change

A Developmental Systems Theory Perspective on Psychological Change

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(p.285) CHAPTER 14 A Developmental Systems Theory Perspective on Psychological Change
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Toward a Unified Theory of Development Connectionism and Dynamic System Theory Re-Consider
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Timothy D. Johnston

Robert Lickliter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300598.003.0014

This chapter draws attention to some aspects of development that are considered underrepresented in both dynamic systems theory (DST) and connectionism. The approach taken is that of developmental systems theory, which shares with DST a focus on the whole organism in its environment, and with connectionism a focus on the biological support for psychological change. It adds to those perspectives, a concern with more levels of biological analysis (including genetics), the incorporation of comparative, animal-based research, and attention to evolutionary considerations in the analysis of psychological change.

Keywords:   connectionism, dynamic systems theory, development, psychological change

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