By Jackson Beatty
Biofeedback and behaviour: A NATO Symposium, hung on 27-30 July 1976 on the Max Planck Institut fUr Psychiatrie in MUnchen, used to be a mul tidisciplinary assembly that explored either theoretical and utilized concerns bobbing up from using biofeedback systems for the keep an eye on of visceral, principal worried procedure and skeletal occasions. The symposium was once multi nationwide in its composition. monetary aid for the symposium was once in the beginning supplied by way of the clinical Affairs department of the North Atlantic Treaty association as a part of their carrying on with sequence of clinical symposia. money made avail capable through a provide from the us place of work of Naval study enable ted typical overseas participation within the symposium. The facil ities for the assembly have been graciously supplied through the Max Planck Institut ilir Psychiatrie. We thank every one of those firms for his or her aid in making this symposium attainable. a distinct thank you is because of Dr. B.A. Bayraktar of the clinical Affairs department of NA TO and Dr. Donald wooden ward of the U. S. workplace of Naval study, whose counsel contributed considerably to the association of this assembly. The making plans of this symposium used to be performed in session with contributors of the organizing committee: Rolf Engel, Pola Engel-Sittenfeld, Laverne C. Johnson, George H. Lawrence, Gary E. Schwartz, and Da vid Shapiro. the ultimate kind of this symposium displays their contribu tions, for which we're thankful.
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That is, the rate of change allowable for the parameter is necessarily slower than that of its associated variables. Thus, the parameter settings of the most probably optimum filter are altered less frequently (because they are more predictable) than the associated variables. More attention (high level participation) is required in getting a complex operation "going" than in simply sustaining the operation after it is functioning successfully. The higher level parameters (slowest changing variables) in the system are, so to speak, more "eternal" than the lower level parameters.
That is, the system in question might range from functional machinery through scaled replicas and computerized analogies to mathematical models. Thus, when one speaks of the "behavior" of a "system" it is important to distinguish clearly among these various levels of abstraction and to observe carefully the rules and conventions that constrain proper usage at each le- BIOFEEDBACK: CYBERNETICS AND SYSTEMS SCIENCE 27 vel of discourse. With the proliferation of maps and models, one has to watch labels carefully in order to avoid semantic confusion.
It is necessary, of course, to have some methods for defining which entities are to be included in a particular system and which entities are to be excluded from the system under consideration. " A systems analyst usually begins by developing a greatly simplified description or model of his problem. To obtain a useful model, he must start with an insightful selection of system variables, a selection presumably based on a careful review of the relevant facts and principles. He then usually generates what is often termed a "black-box" description of the properties (or behavior) of the components of his system when they are connected according to his scheme.