Self-Organization and Emergent Structures in Psychological Phenomena

Time and Location
Saturday May 24, 2008, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Superior A


Systems in a state of high entropy assume structures to enhance their energy-efficiency without any outside intervention. Emergence often results from such self-organizing processes to produce a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Specific examples considered here include ant colonies, psychotherapy, work group coordination, and social networks.

Stephen J. Guastello (Chair)
Marquette University

William Sulis
McMaster University
Collective Intelligence: Observations of Social Insects and Theoretical Constructs

David Pincus
Chapman University
Coherence, Complexity, and Information Flow: Self-Organizing Processes in Psychotherapy

Stephen J. Guastello
Marquette University
Nonlinear Dynamics and Work Group Coordination: Implicit Learning, Synchronization, and Group Self-Efficacy

Terrill Frantz
Carnegie Mellon University
Computer Simulation Methodologies for Social Network Analysis

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Laura L. Carstensen