Dynamic field theory

23/01/2019, 16:30, Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, room 74

Speaker: David Lopez (WP UW)


Dynamic field theory (DFT) is a framework which aims at providing an explanation for how the brain gives rise to behaviour via the coordinated activity of populations of neurons. Particularly, DFT provides an understanding of cognition within the mathematical framework of dynamical systems, and therefore brings the mathematics to bear with cognition. During this seminar we will cover the basis of DFT, its relation to dynamical systems theory and how it is used to estimate behavioural dynamics. Next, we will discuss the initial attempts to explain the formation of language using DFT.


Perone, S., & Simmering, V. R. (2017). Applications of Dynamic Systems Theory to Cognition and Development. Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 43–80. doi:10.1016/bs.acdb.2016.10.002