Rhythms in Physiological Systems

Proceedings of the International Symposium at Schloß Elmau, Bavaria, October 22–25, 1990

  • Hermann Haken
  • Hans Peter Koepchen
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 55)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Physiological Rhythmicity and Synergetics

  3. Cardiovascular Rhythms

  4. Respiratory Rhythms

  5. Motor Coordination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. M. Stadler, S. Vogt, P. Kruse
      Pages 215-231
  6. Basis of Circadian Rhythmicities

  7. Rhythms in Electrical Activity of the Brain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. H. Petsche
      Pages 257-271
    3. E. Ba§ar, C. Ba§ar-Eroglu, E. Rahn, M. Schürmann
      Pages 273-288
  8. Rhythms in Perception

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
  9. Aspects of Systems Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313
    2. R. Friedrich, A. Fuchs, H. Haken
      Pages 315-338
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 363-363

About these proceedings


Rhythms are a basic phenomenon in all physiological systems. They cover an enormous range of frequencies with periods from the order of milliseconds up to some years. They are described by many disciplines and are investigated usually in the context of the physiology of the respective function or organ. The importance given to the research on rhythmicity is quite different in different systems. In some cases where the functional significance is obvious rhythms are at the center of interest, as in the case of respiration or locomotion. In other fields they are considered more or less as interesting epiphenomena or at best as indicators without essential functional significance, as in the case of cardiovascular or EEG rhythms. Recently the study of physiological rhythms has attracted growing interest in several fields, especially with respect to rhythm research in humans and its rapidly spreading applications in basic behavioral research, and as a diagnostic tool in clinical medicine. This development was favored by two methodological and conceptual ad­ vances: on the one hand, the availability of non-invasive methods of continu­ ous recording of physiological parameters and their computer-assisted evaluation, and on the other, the rapid development of theoretical analyses, for example, the understanding of dynamic systems, the generation of coordinated macroscopic pro­ cesses in systems comprising many single elements, and the mathematical tools for treating nonlinear oscillators and their mutual coupling.


EEG Synergetics cardiovascular rhythms circadian rhythms perception respiratory rhythms

Editors and affiliations

  • Hermann Haken
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hans Peter Koepchen
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische Physik und Synergetik der Universität StuttgartStuttgart 80Germany
  2. 2.Center for Complex SystemsFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA
  3. 3.Institut für PhysiologieFreie Universität BerlinBerlin 33Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-76879-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-76877-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-7389
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