Synergetics, Inter-Representation Networks and Cognitive Maps

  • Hermann Haken
  • Juval Portugali
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Synergetics and its concept of order parameters can provide a general theoretical framework for the study of cognitive maps. Close links between processes in the internal world of the individual and processes in the external environment have led to the notion of inter-representational networks (IRN). In this paper it will be shown how the concept of order parameters allows us to cast the notion of IRN into a mathematical form that in the present paper is based on graphical representations. After a short reminder of synergetics, cognitive maps and IRN we present a general model of IRN in terms of synergetics, where the mathematical basis is demonstrated. We then show how the above model can be applied to the construction of cognitive maps, in particular to environmental learning and transformations in cognitive mapping. Finally, we show, how collective cognitive processes may take place.


Pattern Formation Cognitive System External Input External Representation General Theoretical Framework 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Haken
    • 1
  • Juval Portugali
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical Physics and SynergeticsStuttgart
  2. 2.Department of Geography Ramat AvivTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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