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This book introduces the reader to the concept of functional synchronization and how it operates on very different levels in psychological and social systems - from the emergence of thought to the formation of social relations and the structure of societies.

For years, psychologists have investigated phenomena such as self-concept, social judgment, social relations, group dynamics, and cooperation and conflict, but have discussed these phenomena seoarately.This book shows how synchronization provides a foundational approach to these otherwise distinct and diverse psychological processes.This work shows that there is a basic tendency with many processes to become coordinated and progressively integrated into increasingly larger units through well-defined processes. For these larger units, new and largely adaptive functions emerge.

Although synchronization affords progressive integration of system elements to enable correspondingly higher-order functions, the trajectory of synchronization is often characterized by periods of assembly and disassembly of system elements. This occurs when a task is completed and synchronization is no longer essential so that the elements once again operate in an independent fashion. It is argued that the disassembly-resynchronization scenario occurs at all levels of psychological and social reality. The implications of this approach for important issues in interpersonal relations and societal processes are discussed.


Prof. Andrzej Nowak received his PhD in 1987 from the University of Warsaw, where he is currently a professor and director of the Center for Complex Systems Research. He is director and founder of the Institute of Social Psychology of Internet and Communication at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Prof. Nowak is one of the founders of dynamical social psychology. His scientific interests include complex systems and applying computer simulations in psychology and social sciences.


Part I: Theory.- The how, what, and why of functional synchronization.- Synchronization in the emergence of basic mental functions.- Higher Order Mental Functions.- Mental calibration: The synchronization of mind and action.- Synchronization in the Emergence of Social Relations.- Synchronization in Groups and Societies.- Part II: Social Relevance.- What makes profound, peaceful social transitions successful? The example of the underground Solidarity movement.- Social Entrepreneurs and Social Synchronization.- Family Therapy: In and Out of SYNC.- Epilogue: Intermittent synchronization in context.

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Titre: In Sync
Sous-titre: The Emergence of Function in Minds, Groups and Societies
EAN: 9783030389871
Format: eBook (pdf)
Producteur: Springer International Publishing
Genre: Sociologie
Parution: 16.03.2020
Protection contre la copie numérique: filigrane numérique
Taille de fichier: 5.18 MB
Nombre de pages: 226

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