Studies in Perception and Action VI: Eleventh International Conference on Perception and Action: June 24-29, 2001, Storrs, CT, USA

Studies in Perception and Action VI: Eleventh International Conference on Perception and Action: June 24-29, 2001, Storrs, CT, USA

Studies in Perception and Action VI: Eleventh International Conference on Perception and Action: June 24-29, 2001, Storrs, CT, USA

Studies in Perception and Action VI: Eleventh International Conference on Perception and Action: June 24-29, 2001, Storrs, CT, USA

Synopsis

This book is the sixth volume in the "Studies in Perception and Action" series and contains a collection of posters presented at the Eleventh International Conference on Perception and Action. The series provides a written record of the research presented at the poster sessions to help spur dialog among researchers at the conference and to provide a reference source afterward. Each volume presents new research, almost always at the cutting edge of the discipline, and gives a special place to younger scientists whose work contains the seeds which will determine the future growth and direction of the discipline. Studies in Perception and Action VI offers the reader not just a cross-section of leading research at a given point in time, but a mini-history of ecological psychology and its development.

Excerpt

This book is the sixth volume in the “Studies in Perception and Action” series, and contains a collection of posters presented at the Eleventh International Conference on Perception and Action, held at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, June 24 - 30, 2001.

This is a significant year, of course, to fans of science fiction, and while we are grateful that 2001 has not actually brought computers that can overthrow a human crew and take over a ship, a computer that could automatically edit a series of posters would not have been unwelcome. Indeed, 2001 represents about the end of the familiar “future years” and each year has passed, in its turn, without its predicted disasters. When researchers from around the world gathered in Storrs for the first conference in 1981, we could still look forward to a totalitarian world government by 1984, and an amusing computer meltdown in Y2K. None of that came to pass, though there was a bit of partying in 1999. That scientists of diverse interests and methodologies would be just as interested twenty years later in gathering to talk about the synergy of perception and action is probably not as unexpected, but it is still gratifying.

The intent of the Studies in Perception and Action series is to provide a written record of the research presented at the poster sessions of the conferences to help spur dialog among researchers at the conference as well as to provide a reference source afterwards. Like previous volumes, the current edition contains short reports that tend to be longer than abstracts published by many conferences but shorter (four page limit) than empirical journal articles. The papers are arranged according to topics into eight sections: Audition, Haptics and Dynamic Touch, Vision, Affordances, Coordination, Posture and Stance, Learning and Skill, and Applications. The classification of a given article into a section was not always straightforward and may reflect our own particular views of the field. However, an index of keywords in addition to an index of authors has been included to help find articles related to a topic of interest.

The preparation of this kind of volume (as has been pointed out by previous editors of the series) is a rather daunting task. The time frame required for editing and preparing the camera-ready pages (2–3 months) is . . .

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