- Dynamic models of development and the mechanistic-organismic controversy
- New Ideas in Psychology
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- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
Presents a sequence of dynamic models with increasing structural complexity starting with a prototypical model of Newtonian mechanics. The implicated smooth variation along a dimension of structural complexity yields dynamic models that display organismic properties such as stagewise development and emergent self-organization. It is concluded that dynamic models of development are inherently neutral with respect to the mechanistic^organismic controversy. A unitary research program is proposed in which these dynamic models serve as building blocks for the construction of a coherent explanatory system of development.
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