Experimental and Theoretical Psychology
DYNAMIS Software (english)
Comment from the year 2012: The DYNAMIS software (described below) is outdated. But don't worry! We have successors for that instrument that are much better.First, there are our new paradigms, called MicroDYN and MicroFIN. The "Micro" stands for the idea of using minimal complex systems for psychometric reasons. The "DYN" stands for DYNAMIS, i.e. linear structural equation approch, whereas "FIN" stands for finite state approach. You can find more info about this here (the PDFs can be downloaded for free from Joachim Funkes publication list):
DYNAMIS-Software (Excerpt from the README-File of the old DOS-version)DYNAMIS is a general-purpose PC-software which allows to construct arbitrary dynamic systems. These systems follow the principles of linear structural equation systems. Task of the subjects is normally two-folded: first, to identify the hidden structure which does exist between exogenous and endogenous variables; second, to control the dynamic system with respect to some goal values.
The logic behind the construction of such systems is described in the following papers:
Funke, J. (1992). Dealing with dynamic systems: Research strategy, diagnostic approach and experimental results. German Journal of Psychology, 16, 24-43.
Funke, J. (1993). Microworlds based on linear equation systems: A new approach to complex problem solving and experimental results. In G. Strube & K.-F. Wender (Eds.), The cognitive psychology of knowledge (pp. 313-330). Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers.
Funke, J. (1995). Experimental research on complex problem solving. In P.A. Frensch & J. Funke (Eds.), Complex problem solving: The European Perspective (pp. 243-268). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
The simulation program DYNAMIS exists on a fileserver together with a lot of parameter files (compressed into a ZIP-File [240 KB] for PC's). With these parameter files, different dynamic systems can be created which all follow the same structure imposed by DYNAMIS.
If you click here, the FTP-Server will be activated and the ZIP-File will be downloaded to your disk.
How parameter files are constructed can be found in the following report which contains also most of the parameter files:
This report is partly published on this WWW-server (click here).
Please note that program and especially the source code is free for use
only for scientific purposes. If you got the source code from us
please do not distribute it further without asking us. If you want to use DYNAMIS for commercial applications please send a letter
or email to Dr. Joachim Funke to set up the appropriate conditions of use.
You start the program by simply typing 'DYNAMIS'. Then you have to input the name of the parameter file.
Changes on parameter files as well as the construction of new ones are easily
done by means of the program DYNCONST (Thanks to "Jean-Paul
Reeff"!). Using DYNCONST allows you to easily change all parameters in
a simple way. Note: if you construct a parameter file by your own (i.e.,
using a normal text editor) you must give the extension '.PRM' to that file.
General BackgroundThe background for the construction of linear structural equation systems, the logic of research behind these systems, and the results of experimental work is described in more detail in the following text:
Overview over existing parameter files
Recent Publications involving DYNAMISFrom the Bayreuth team DYNAMIS-versions called LINAS, LINAS-! and LINAS-2 have been developed and used in research:
Putz-Osterloh, W. (1993). Strategies for knowledge acquisition and transfer of knowledge in dynamic tasks. In G. Strube & K.-F. Wender (Eds.), The cognitive psychology of knowledge (pp. 331-350). Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers.
Another DYNAMIS-system called BIOLOGY LAB can be found in: