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Simplexity: Simplifying Principles for a Complex World

Alain Berthoz

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300169348
eISBN:
9780300177923
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300169348.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

In this book a noted physiologist and neuroscientist introduces the concept of simplexity, the set of solutions living organisms find that enable them to deal with information and situations, while ... More


Making the Complex Simplex

Alain Berthoz

in Simplexity: Simplifying Principles for a Complex World

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300169348
eISBN:
9780300177923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300169348.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter discusses genetics and simplexity. It presents a list of basic characteristics of life that rely on simplex properties that constitute tools for life: modularity; speed; reliability; ... More


Sketching a Theory of Simplexity

Alain Berthoz

in Simplexity: Simplifying Principles for a Complex World

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300169348
eISBN:
9780300177923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300169348.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter sketches out a theory of simplexity. It discusses the following principles of simplexity: the principle of refusal; the principle of specialization and selection; the principle of ... More


Gaze and Empathy

Alain Berthoz

in Simplexity: Simplifying Principles for a Complex World

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300169348
eISBN:
9780300177923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300169348.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter analyzes the simplexity of gaze mechanisms. It argues that simplifying principles are not situated uniquely at the motor or the sensory level. Rather, they bring into play high-order ... More


Attention

Alain Berthoz

in Simplexity: Simplifying Principles for a Complex World

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300169348
eISBN:
9780300177923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300169348.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter discusses attention as a basic tool of simplexity. It covers selective ignorance; attention and vigilance; biased competition; attention and emotion; and the development of attentional ... More


Simplexity in Perception

Alain Berthoz

in Simplexity: Simplifying Principles for a Complex World

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300169348
eISBN:
9780300177923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300169348.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter presents examples of simplexity in perceptual systems. These include nervous system's ability to encode continuous phenomena by pulses, that is, discrete signals; controlling uncertainty ... More


The Laws of Natural Movement

Alain Berthoz

in Simplexity: Simplifying Principles for a Complex World

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300169348
eISBN:
9780300177923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300169348.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter discusses the simplexity in natural movement. The organization of motricity includes a variety of simplifying principles, some of which can be called “laws of natural movement.” Not only ... More


The Simplex Gesture

Alain Berthoz

in Simplexity: Simplifying Principles for a Complex World

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300169348
eISBN:
9780300177923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300169348.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter discusses the simplexity in gestures. It covers the concept of gesture; matching gestures and words; work gestures; the sacred gesture; and synergies of bodily expression of emotions.


Walking: A Challenge to Complexity

Alain Berthoz

in Simplexity: Simplifying Principles for a Complex World

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300169348
eISBN:
9780300177923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300169348.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter discusses the simplexity in walking. Walking is not simple. One does not just have to maintain balance and take steps. One must go somewhere, following a path, and the body must be used ... More


Simplex Space

Alain Berthoz

in Simplexity: Simplifying Principles for a Complex World

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300169348
eISBN:
9780300177923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300169348.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter reviews the neural basis of spatial processing in the brain. The goal is to show how the spatialization of perception, action, memory, and decision making reduces complexity, sometimes ... More


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