P. Adrian Frazier

Program: Ecological Psychology
Advisor: J. Dixon
Anticipated Graduation: 2020
Education:
  • MSc, Psychology, Lehigh University (2012)
  • BA, Mathematics & Psychology, Cleveland State University (2010)
Research Interests: What do organisms want? What are they after? These are questions about ends and how an organism’s activities come to be directed by them. To try and answer this question, I look at a variety of dynamic modes and their interplay. For instance, the simplicity of an attractor-based dynamically stable system seems at odds with complexity, and yet through the process of disequilibrium conversion, the biosphere moves its region of the universe toward the ultimate dynamic stability, maximum entropy, by increasing its variety of dissipative structures, and thus its complexity. I suspect that a similar interplay takes place at the level of the organism, and its description will move us toward better understanding the end-directedness of natural, self-organizing systems.
Representative Publications:
  • Frazier, P.A. (2017). Nervous System Evolution: Come for the Eats, Stay for the Beats. Presented at the 19th biannual International Conference on Perception and Action, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Frazier, P.A. (2017). What We Talk About When We Talk About Goals. Presented at the 19th biannual International Conference on Perception and Action, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Frazier, P.A. (2016). Noise and Poise: The Disruptive Effect of Considering a Contradictory Opinion. Poster presented at the International Society for Ecological Psychology, Clemson, SC.
  • Frazier, P. A. & Allen, J. P. (2011). In the Pursuit of Goals: An Interactivist Approach. Presented at the Interactivist Summer Institute, Syros, Greece.
  • Snow, P. A.; Slifkin, A. B., Eder, J.R. (2010). Pink Noise in Human Behavioral Output. Poster presented at the Cleveland State University College of Science Research Day, Cleveland, OH.
  • Snow, P. A. (2008). A brief introduction to inner-product spaces and orthonormal bases. Talk presented at the Pi Mu Epsilon regional conference, Youngstown, OH.
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