Applications in Clinical Psychology

  • Till Frank
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN)


As pointed out in Sects.  1.5,  3.1, and  3.2 the pattern formation perspective is part of a broad perspective that addresses how system of the animate and inanimate worlds can form qualitatively new states and how transitions between qualitatively different states take place. In this context, aggregate phase transitions (e.g., transitions from ice to water), phase transitions in non-equilibrium systems of the inanimate world (e.g., emergence of roll patterns in fluids and gases heated from below), and transitions between qualitatively different movement patterns of humans and animals (e.g., walk to trot gait transitions in horses) have been considered on an equal footing. It has been pointed out that when an individual stands up from a chair and starts to walk, then the sit-to-stand and stand-to-walk transitions from a physics perspective are considered as counterparts to aggregate phase transitions such as ice-to-water and water-to-gas transitions.


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  • Till Frank
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  1. 1.Dept. Psychology and PhysicsUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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