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Stephen Guastello
04-17-1997, 06:28 AM

July 31- Aug 3, 1997. Marquette University,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Papers and programs are now requested pertaining to applications of chaos
theory, fractals, nonlinear dynamics and related principles applied to any of
the various psychological subdisciplines,neuroscience, biology, physiology
and other areas of medical research, economics, sociology, anthropology,
physics, political science, organizations and their management, other
business applications, education, art, philosophy, and literature. Please
indicate to which of the foregoing topics your paper applies.

Submissions may be single papers, symposia, roundtable or salon programs.
Subject matter may be theoretical, empirical or methodology oriented. Oral
presentations will be 30 minutes in duration.

Proposals should be submitted by APRIL 30, 1997 to:
William Sulis, M.D. Ph.D., By e-mail: sulisw@mcmail.cis.mcmaster.ca;
by FAX (to McMaster University): 905-521-7948;
by snail-mail: 255 Townline Rd. E., RR5, Cayuga, Ontario, Canada, N0A 1E0.

This year's conference will preceed the American Psychological
Association's annual conference in Chicago, later in August.


Julian Sprott, University of Wisconsin, Madison. WI
David Campbell, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


At the conclusion of the Thursday workshops, all conferees are invited to
join the folks who have attended the Organizational Workshop for a special
presentation of The Chaos Exercise. There everyone can experience the chaotic
flow of work in a simulated hierarchical organization, and collect data.
If all goes well enough, a data analysis and interpretative feedback will
appear in the next available SCTPLS Newsletter.


July 31 Basic and Organizational Workshops
Opening Night- Plenary Speaker
Aug 1 Conference Day 1
Banquet- Plenary Speaker
Aug 2 Conference Day 2
Plenary Speaker
Aug 3 A.M. Business Meeting and Final Conference Sessions
Start Clinical and Philosophy Workshops
P.M. Conclusioin of Clincal and Philosophical Workshops


Separate registration is required for those wishing to attend the workshops.
See registration form at the end of this file.

BASIC DYNAMICS WORKSHOP (Half day,AM) given by Keith Clayton, Ph.D., Vanderbilt
University; membership secretary, Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology &
Life Sciences). This workshop will cover basic concepts of nonlinear dynamics,
including attractors, bifurcations, phase space, sensitivity to initial
conditions, complexity, fractals, and dimensionality. Implications of these
concepts for time series analysis and theory development in psychology and
the life sciences will also be addressed.

Stephen J. Guastello, Ph.D., Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI; Assoc.
Professor Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Factors Engineering;
past president, Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences.
This workshop will explore the best-substantiated contributions of nonlinear
dynamics to the science and practice of management and organizational behavior.
The medium will involve a mixture of lectures, discussion, and experiential
exercises. The overall goal is to develop a conceptual and intuitive
understanding of chaotic and other processes in organizations, and their
implications for the strategic control and development of the system.

Topics: 1. The dynamics that are of greatest use.
2. Individual performance and organizational effectiveness.
3. Motivational flow.
4. Self-organization and other processes of organizational change.
5. Creativity and problem solving.
6. Leadership in a dynamical environment.
7. Game theory and coordination.

CLINICAL WORKSHOP (Full day) given by Alan Stein, Ph.D. NECET, New York.
The Clinical Workshop will be divided into two parts, punctuated by a lunch break. During the
morning, we will review several theoretical and practical matters that become clinically relevant only
when we seek to understand mental processes as solely epiphenomenal to nonlinearly founded
neurobiology. These include I. Prigogine's arguments against time reversibility in open, living systems
which challenge regression and W. J. Freeman's opposition to stabile, internal representations which
dispute both the reliability of memory and the appropriateness of interpretations based upon intentions.
We will review and assess E. Thelen's and B. Beebe's efforts to formulate infant development in terms
of nonlinear dynamics and its implications for treatment and will investigate W. R. Bion's, D. W.
Winnicott's and R. Galatzer-Levy's attempts to work with epistemological uncertainty in the face of
emerging conscious contents in clinical settings.
After lunch, the workshop will become a clinical case seminar wherein participants can pursue
applying the morning's theoretical work to actual cases. Everyone is encouraged to present cases
(dyadic, couple, family, group and/or organizational) in the afternoon session.

PHILOSOPHY WORKSHOP: Philosophy of Science Issues in Chaos and Complexity
Theories: Emergence, Causality, and Explanation. (Full day, given by):
Jeffrey Goldstein, Ph.D., Adelphi University, Garden City, NY; Past-
president of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences.
Description: This workshop will address various issues in the philosophy of
science and philosophy in general prompted by research into chaotic and
complex systems. We will be focussing primarily on how scientific theories of
chaotic and complex systems contain "pictures" of causality, order, change,
and complexity. Specifically, we will be exploring issues arising from
emergent, self-organizing phenomena. In that context we will inquire into
patterns, order, and structure, complexifying operations, the emergence of
new structures and patterns, and the issue of what is considered natural
versus what calls for explanation. Topics include:

I. Scientific Theories and Wittgensteinian "Pictures"
A. Wittgenstein's idea of the "pictures" that captivate and mislead
B. Explicit and Implicit "Pictures" in Scientific Theories
II. History of the Idea of Causality
A. Ancient and Medieval Notions
B. Preformationism vs. Epigenesis
C. Modern Ideas
III. Emergentism
A. Historical Background
B. Santa Fe Institute Emergentism: Search for New Laws of Emergence
IV. Causality and Emergence in the Logistic Equation
A. May's and Feigenbaum's Work on the Logistic Equation
B. Factors of Emergence in the Logistic Equation
V. Issues in Emergence
A. Novelty
B. Emergent Properties
C. Levels of reality, sciences, novelty, reducibility and deductibility
C. Predictability in Nonlinear Dynamics, its limits, and randomness
D. Epistemological and Ontological Issues
VI. Scientific Explanation and the Natural
A. Price's Ideas on Explanation and the Natural
B. Wittgenstein's "On Certainty"
C. The Search for a New Law of Self-organization


This year's conference will be held on the campus of Marquette University,
about an hour's drive north of Chicago. Accommodation will be available in
residence on campus. Please see the registration form attached to the end of
this file for rates and selections. Please note: All presenters much register
for the conference.


A 3 day package at Marquette University, single occupancy, $175, extra day
$60. Double occupancy $100, extra day $55. A 10% discount offered if you
find your own roommate. There is no meal plan this year. However the banquet
on Aug 1 is included with your registration, as is continental breakfast each
day of the conference.

Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences
1997 Annual International Conference, Workshops, and Membership

To ensure proper credit, please complete the following and return with your

Name______________________________________________ _____________________________

Address __________________________________________________ _____________________

City _______________________ State/Province/zip/postal code:___________________

Country ____________________ e-mail: __________________________________________

Tel: ________________________ FAX: ____________________________________________

For student members/registrants: What is your institution and program of study?

__________________________________________________ _____________________________

Please check any and all your registration choices on the form below. Return
with your payment to Keith Clayton, Ph.D., Membership Secretary, SCTPLS,
Dept. Psychology,Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37240 USA.
E-mail: claytokn@ctrvax.vanderbilt.edu. Make check payable in US dollars to:
Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences (or SCTPLS). For
personal checks drawn in unconconverted non-US currencies, see option 5 below.
For wire transfer information, contact Keith Clayton.

1. Membership

_____ $60 Regular

_____ $50 Student

2. Conference Registration

_____ $110 Regular members

_____ $85 Student members

_____ $160 Non-members

3. Workshops

_____ $80 Regular

_____ $50 Student

_____ $80 Regular

_____ $50 Student

_____ $150 Regular

_____ $75 Student


_____ $150 Regular

_____ $75 Student

4. Lodging

_____ $60 Extra night July 30th (only)

_____ $175 3-day pkg SINGLE occupancy

_____ $100 Double occupancy. Please find me a roomate roommate

_____ $90 Double. My roommate is:


5. Unconverted non-US Currencies

_____ $15 Personal check made out in US dollars from
a bank outside the USA.

6. TOTAL -- Please total your selections:

US$ _______________________