Nebraska Symposium on Motivation, Volume 52


Nebraska Symposium on Motivation, Volume 52

Modeling Complex Systems

Edited by Bill Shuart, Will Spaulding, and Jeffrey Poland

Nebraska Symposium on Motivation Series

358 pages
50 Illus., 7 tables, index


October 2007


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About the Book

Capturing the complexity of human behavior has been a recurring theme in the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation. The contributors to this volume describe contemporary approaches to the modeling of complex cognitive and behavioral processes, ranging from molecular to molar phenomena. Although the essays reflect a wide range of theoretical and epistemic perspectives, they all incorporate complex frameworks of dynamic, systemlike relationships involving perception, learning, concept formation, emotion, motivation, intention, behavior, and the social context in which behavior occurs.
The editors introduce the volume with a survey of the lifetime of the symposium, showing the development of ideas about behavioral and psychological complexity for over fifty years. A special feature of this collection is its emphasis on practical applications of the conceptual frameworks in which they work. The contributors provide examples of translational research ranging from clinical neuropsychology to self-actualization, from medical informatics to industrial psychology, from programmed learning to psychiatric rehabilitation.

Author Bio

Bill Shuart is the director of the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. Will Spaulding is a professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is chair of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and the director of State Government Affairs in the Nebraska Psychological Association. Jeffrey Poland is professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the author of Physicalism: The Philosophical Foundations and coauthor (with Will Spaulding) of Treatment and Rehabilitation of Severe Mental Illness.

Table of Contents

      Bill Shuart, Will Spaulding, and Jeffrey Poland
Composition and Uses of Formal Clinical Cognitive Science
      Richard W. J. Neufeld
A Dynamics-Oriented Approach to Psychopathology
      Wolfgang Tschacher and Zeno Kupper
Developing Computer-Based Learning Environments Based on Complex Performance Models
      Susanne P. Lajoie
Technology for Building Intelligent Systems: From Psychology to Engineering
      Mark A. Musen
Fostering Team Effectiveness in Organizations: Toward an Integrative Theoretical Framework
      Eduardo Salas, Kevin C. Stagl, C. Shawn Burke, and Gerald F. Goodwin
Constructive Complexity and Human Change Processes
      Michael J. Mahoney
Editors' Postscript: Modeling Complex Processes in a Rehabilitation Application
Subject Index
Author Index

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