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J.A. Scott Kelso

Scott Kelso, Ph.D. holds the Glenwood and Martha Creech Eminent Scholar Chair in Science at Florida Atlantic University, where he is also Professor of Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Psychology, Biological Sciences, and Biomedical Sciences. He is Visiting Professor of Computational Neuroscience at the University of Ulster. In 1985 he founded the first Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences in the US. For most of his scientific career Dr. Kelso has studied how human beings (and human brains)—individually and together—coordinate behavior on multiple levels, from cellular to cognitive and social behavior. He is considered an originator of Coordination Dynamics, a theoretical and empirical framework designed to understanding the functional coordination of living things. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the MERIT, Senior Scientist, and Director's Innovation Awards from the National Institutes of Health, the Distinguished Alumni Research Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin, and a Docteur Honoris Causa from the Republic of France and the University of Toulouse. In 2007 he was honored as a Pierre de Fermat Laureate. Dr. Kelso is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society.


"... the capacity of complex, highly degenerate systems to synergize to accomplish tasks and functions at all levels from the molecular on up to the societal... is fundamental to the organization of living things."

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