Dynamical Systems in Social Psychology
- Robin Vallacher, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, U.S.A.
- Andrzej Nowak, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
A dynamical system refers to a set of elements that interact in complex, often nonlinear ways to form coherent patterns. Because of the complexity of these interactions, the system as a whole may evolve over time in seemingly unpredictable ways as new patterns of behavior emerge. This metatheory has proven useful in understanding diverse phenomena in meteorology, population biology, statistical mechanics, economics, and cosmology. The book demonstrates how the dynamical systems perspective can be applied to theory construction and research in social psychology, and in doing so, provides fresh insight into such complex phenomena as interpersonal behavior, social relations, attitudes, and social cognition.
Theorists and researchers in social psychology, particularly those with an interest in social cognition, interpersonal relations, social influence, and group dynamics. The book will also be of interest to professionals in sociology and communication as well as mathematicians interested in applications of chaos theory to other disciplines.