Decision Making: A Psychophysics Application of Network Science, Center for Nonlinear Science, University of North Texas, USA, 10-13 January 2010

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Paolo Grigolini, Bruce J. West
World Scientific, 2011 - Chaotic behavior in systems - 196 pages
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This invaluable book captures the proceedings of a workshop that brought together a group of distinguished scientists from a variety of disciplines to discuss how networking influences decision making. The individual lectures interconnect psychological testing, the modeling of neuron networks and brain dynamics to the transport of information within and between complex networks. Of particular importance was the introduction of a new principle that governs how complex networks talk to one another OCo the Principle of Complexity Management (PCM). PCM establishes that the transfer of information from a stimulating complex network to a responding complex network is determined by how the complexity indices of the two networks are related. The response runs the gamut from being independent of the perturbation to being completely dominated by it, depending on the complexity mismatch.

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1 Overview of ARO program on network science for human decision making BJ West
2 Viewing the extended mind hypothesis Clark Chambers in terms of complex systems dynamics G Werner
Deriving a network of psychophysical equations KH Norwich
4 The collective brain E Tagliazucchi and DR Chialvo
5 Acquiring longrange memory through adaptive avalanches S Boettcher
From infinitely slow to instantaneous transition to equilibrium NW Hollingshad P Grigolini and P Allegrini
7 Coherence and complexity M Bologna E Geneston P Grigolini M Turalska and M Lukovic
8 Quakes in complex systems as a signature of cooperation E Geneston and P Grigolini
9 Renewal processes in the critical brain P Allegrini P Paradisi D Menicucci and A Gemignani
10 The principle of complexity management BJ West and P Grigolini

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Paolo Grigolini is currently a Professor in the Physics Department and the Center for Nonlinear Science at the University of North Texas. He is an internationally recognized theorist interested in the foundations of quantum mechanics, including wave function collapse and the influence of classical chaos on quantum systems. His other research interests include the foundations of statistical physics, biophysical problems such as DNA sequencing and the network science of human decision making and cognition.

Bruce J. West is Chief Mathematical Scientist with the Information Science Directorate at the Army Research Office, a position he has held for the last 10 years. After receiving his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Rochester in 1970, he was Associate Director of a small private research institute (La Jolla Institute) for almost twenty years and a Professor at the University of North Texas for a decade. His research interests are in the nonlinear dynamics of complex networks. He has over 350 scientific publications, including 11 books and 8500 citations, and he has received multiple academic and government awards for his research and publications.

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