Dynamic Systems Theory and the Complexity of Change

@article{Thelen2005DynamicST,
  title={Dynamic Systems Theory and the Complexity of Change},
  author={Esther Thelen},
  journal={Psychoanalytic Dialogues},
  year={2005},
  volume={15},
  pages={255 - 283}
}
  • E. Thelen
  • Published 15 April 2005
  • Psychology
  • Psychoanalytic Dialogues
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