Synergetics of the Brain

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Synergetics at Schloß Elmau, Bavaria, May 2 – 7, 1983

  • Erol Başar
  • Hans Flohr
  • Hermann Haken
  • Arnold J. Mandell
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Introductory Remarks

    1. D. A. Glaser
      Pages 1-2
  3. Synopsis and Introduction

    1. H. Haken
      Pages 3-25
  4. Experimental Results

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Formation and Structure of Nervous Systems

    3. Plasticity, Auto-Adaption

    4. Nonequilibrium Phase Transitions

    5. Synergetic Effects Caused by Molecular Inputs

    6. Multi-Electrodes

    7. EEG and Synergetics of Neural Populations

    8. Field Effects on Neural Nets

  5. Theoretical Approaches

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 377-380

About these proceedings


Synergetics may be considered as an interdisciplinary effort dealing with the gene­ ral problem of how science can cope with complex systems. The preceding symposia on synergetics were devoted to systems of physics, chemistry and partly also biolo­ gy and sociology. It was possible to develop adequate concepts to describe and even to calculate evolving macroscopic spatial, temporal, and functional structures which emerge through self-organization of the individual parts of the systems under con­ sideration. This book contains the invited papers presented at the Symposium on the Synerge­ tics of the brain, Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, May 2 to 7, 1983. The inclusion of this topic in the synergetics enterprise represents a big step towards a treatment of complex systems. Most probably the human brain is the most complex system we know of. As the organizers believe, this symposium provides the reader with a good cross section of experimental results and theoretical approaches to cope with the complex problems of structure and function of the brain. It was generally felt that such a joint meeting between experimentalists and theoreticians is of great importance for future development of this field. Modern experimental methods, e. g. multielectrode derivations allow or will allow us, in short, to collect huge amounts of data. Simi­ larly high-speed computers will flood us with an enormous number of outputs once the basic model equations have been chosen.


Peptide Synapse brain cognition complex system cortex diffusion electroencephalography (EEG) information processing molecule nervous system perception phase transition space-time synergetics

Editors and affiliations

  • Erol Başar
    • 1
  • Hans Flohr
    • 2
  • Hermann Haken
    • 3
  • Arnold J. Mandell
    • 4
  1. 1.Institut für PhysiologieMedizinische Hochschule LübeckLübeckFed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.Abteilung NeurobiologieUniversität BremenBremen 33Fed. Rep. of Germany
  3. 3.Institut für Theoretische Physik der Universität StuttgartStuttgart 80Fed. Rep. of Germany
  4. 4.Department of Psychiatry, School of MedicineUniversity of California at San DiegoLa JollaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-69423-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-69421-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-7389
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