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Dynamical Systems and Dialectical Processes in Development and Evolution

Processes and patterns of behavioral growth and change constitute a central concern in con­ temporary comparative psychology. Coordi­ nated analyses have been sought in two do­ mains, ontogenetic differentiation in individual development, and phylogenetic changes during evolutionary descent. The emergence of new forms in development and in evolution exceeds the scope of explanations according to mecha­ nistic or reductionist theories. New ways of thinking about growth and change are in the works, to replace traditional static methods based on analysis of variance and group differ­ ences.