The Society is an international forum bringing together researchers, theoreticians, and practitioners interested in applying dynamical systems theory, far-from-equilibrium thermodynamics, self-organisation, neural nets, fractals, cellular automata, and related forms of chaos, catastrophes, bifurcations, nonlinear dynamics, and complexity theories to psychology and the life sciences.
The Society was founded at its first meeting held in San Francisco, 1991. Our members hail from numerous specialities within psychology and the social sciences as well as from biology, physiology, ecology, neuroscience, mathematics, philosophy, physics, computer science, economics, education, management, political science, engineering, and the world of art. At the time this announcement was prepared, we have approximately 300 members worldwide.
The Society publishes a newsletter, holds an annual international conference including workshops on new nonlinear methods, hosts regional conferences, publishes a research journal and maintains the CHAOPSYC e-mail discussion group. To subscribe to the e-mail discussion group, send a message to email@example.com saying (only) <subscribe chaopsyc [yourname]>.
Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology & Life Sciences is the new SCTPLS research journal, and is published by the Human Sciences Press. The debut issue (Volume 1, Number 1) appeared in January, 1997. Information on the preparation of manuscripts, scope of the journal, and its editorial board are available from the Society office or on the World Wide Web Site; see below. Future plans include an electronic companion to NDPLS that will operate through the Society web site.
The SCTPLS World Wide Web Site is: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/psychology/cogsci/chaos/cspls.html. This site links to a wide range resources for researchers in nonlinear dynamics. For linking information contact Keith Clayton, Secretary and Webmaster.
The proceedings of the early conferences appear in edited book collections:
The program and set of available abstracts to the 1996 (Sixth) and 1997 (Seventh) Annual Conference of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences are available on the Society's web site. Papers from the Sixth and subsequent annual conferences will be published (pending the usual editorial review) in Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology & Life Sciences.
Annual conferences usually precede one of the major psychological conference in North America, depending on site availability and cost. The 1997 (Seventh) annual conference took place on July 31 - Aug 3, 1997, at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. Additional information concerning the 1998 conference, will be posted in the Newsletter, on the website, and elsewhere.
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