Information Adaptation: The Interplay Between Shannon Information and Semantic Information in Cognition

  • Hermann Haken
  • Juval Portugali

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Complexity book series (BRIEFSCOMPLEXITY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Hermann Haken, Juval Portugali
    Pages 1-10
  3. Hermann Haken, Juval Portugali
    Pages 11-17
  4. Hermann Haken, Juval Portugali
    Pages 19-29
  5. Hermann Haken, Juval Portugali
    Pages 31-41
  6. H. Haken, J. Portugali
    Pages 43-51
  7. Hermann Haken, Juval Portugali
    Pages 79-83
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 85-90

About this book


This monograph demonstrates the interplay between Shannon information and semantic information in cognition. It shows that Shannon’s information acts as driving force for the formation of semantic information; and vice versa, namely, that semantic information participates in the formation of Shannonian information. The authors show that in cognition, Shannonian and semantic information are interrelated as two aspects of a cognitive process termed as information adaptation. In the latter the mind/brain adapts to the environment by the deflating and/or inflating of the information conveyed by the environment. In the process of information adaptation, quantitative variations in Shannon’s information entail different meanings while different meanings affect the quantity of information. The book illustrates the above conceptually and mathematically by reference to three cognitive processes: pattern recognition, face learning and the recognition of a moving object.


Cognition Cognitive Processes Learning Information Adaptation Information Adaptation Semantic Information Shannon Information Shannonian Information

Authors and affiliations

  • Hermann Haken
    • 1
  • Juval Portugali
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical Physics, Center of Synergetics, University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Department of Geography and the Human EnvironmentTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-11169-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-11170-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5326
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5334
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