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attractor

[ə′trak·tər]
(physics)
A geometrical object toward which the trajectory of a dynamical system, represented by a curve in phase space, converges in the course of time.
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The smallest such p is called the period of the attractor.
5, p = 1, q = 1, r = 1, we observed an interesting scenario of the chaos development in the system: From the stationary state after doubling period bifurcation, the periodic regime with an attractor consisting of two points occurs, from which, in its turn, a quasiperiodic regime and an attractor of two annuli come up (see Figure 3.
The pendulum attractor can be seen in clients who hold rigid and extreme beliefs.
Patterns formed by torus attractors are often described as doughnuts, or bagels, as round and round the same circle the events go, never exactly repeating themselves, but never leaving the circumscribed area.
The Present trials produced category means that were as expected with each additional target ATTRACTOR added to the photograph reducing the reaction time in a linear fashion.
Paradoxically, the underlying attractors that drive this behavior are quite simple: food and survival.
The type of attractor represented by Plots 1, 2 and 5 on both scales is composed of many small oscillations nested in larger mood swings, whereas Plots 3 and 4, especially on the pleasure-pain scale, are dominated by smaller oscillations spanning less than the entire range.
In the context of your discussion of chaotic attractors and openended systems, you said that humans were also part of an open system.
As the name suggests, an entity shaped by a point attractor returns repeatedly to the same state as if drawn by a magnet.
For instance, the weather has two attractor basins that, visually, produce oval swirls with a butterfly shape.
In many biological systems, the attractor is the isoelectric state or cell death.