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Culture and the Trajectories of Developmental Pathology: Insights from Control and Information Theories

Wallace, Rodrick (2018) Culture and the Trajectories of Developmental Pathology: Insights from Control and Information Theories. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Cognition in living entities -- and their social groupings or institutional artifacts -- is necessarily as complicated as their embedding environments, which, for humans, includes a particularly rich cultural milieu. The asymptotic limit theorems of information and control theories permit
construction of a new class of empirical 'regression-like' statistical models for cognitive developmental processes, their dynamics, and modes of dysfunction. Such models may, as have their simpler analogs, prove useful in the study and remediation of cognitive failure at and across the
scales and levels of organization that constitute and drive the phenomena of life. These new models particularly focus on the roles of sociocultural environment and stress, in a large sense, as both trigger for the failure of the regulation of biocognition and as 'riverbanks' determining the channels of pathology, with implications across life-course developmental trajectories. We examine the effects of an embedding cultural milieu and its socioeconomic implementations using the 'lenses' of metabolic optimization, control system theory, and an extension of symmetry-breaking appropriate to information systems. A central implication is that most, if not all, human developmental disorders are fundamentally culture-bound
syndromes. This has deep implications for both individual treatment and public health policy.


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Wallace, RodrickRodrick.Wallace@nyspi.columbia.edu
Additional Information: In press, Acta Biotheoretica. Placed in the archive at the request of the editor.
Keywords: cognition; culture; developmental trajectory; global broadcast; living state; statistical models
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Rodrick Wallace
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2018 02:56
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2018 02:56
Item ID: 14509
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 29 March 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14509

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