Studies in Perception and Action V: Tenth International Conference on Perception and Action: Aug. 8-13, 1999, Edinburgh, Scotland

Studies in Perception and Action V: Tenth International Conference on Perception and Action: Aug. 8-13, 1999, Edinburgh, Scotland

Studies in Perception and Action V: Tenth International Conference on Perception and Action: Aug. 8-13, 1999, Edinburgh, Scotland

Studies in Perception and Action V: Tenth International Conference on Perception and Action: Aug. 8-13, 1999, Edinburgh, Scotland

Synopsis

This is the fifth volume in an evolving series known collectively as "Studies in Perception and Action." It features papers presented at the Tenth International Conference on Perception and Action held in Edinburgh, Scotland in August of 1999. This series provides a unique insight into the evolution of research on the ecological approach to perception and action. 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 V thus 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. In this regard it is already notable how many of the 'younger scientists' in the 1991 volume have become leading figures of the field today.

Excerpt

This book is the fifth volume in an evolving series known collectively as Studies in Perception and Action. It contains posters presented at the Tenth International Conference on Perception and Action, which was held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 8th - 13th August, 1999. Earlier volumes in the series cover conferences held in Amsterdam (1991), Vancouver (1993), Marseille (1995) and Toronto (1997). Together, they provide a unique insight into the evolution of research on the ecological approach to perception and action, for 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, in due course, determine the future growth and direction of the discipline. Studies in Perception and Action thus offers the reader not just a cross-section of leading research at a given point in time, but a minihistory of ecological psychology and its development. in this regard it is already notable how many of the 'younger scientists' in the 1991 volume have become, in 1999, leading figures of the day.

Since its inception, the poster book idea has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the most important features of the biennial International Conference on Perception and Action held under the auspices of the International Society for Ecological Psychology. We find ourselves referring to the series constantly and, judging by the number of citations in major journals, so do many others. the most interesting characteristic of the series is that conference participants receive the poster book in advance of the conference, rather than after it, and so have the opportunity to browse through what is on offer and prepare more reflective questions for the poster sessions when they come round. Over the years this has greatly boosted the popularity of the poster as a medium of presentation at icpa meetings and has allowed the conference really to capitalise on the advantages offered by this mode of presentation. Most of the credit for this success must go to Peter Beek, Reinoud Bootsma and Piet van Wieringen, whose insight it was that the poster session could be given a new lease of life when treated in this way. We believe that the number, variety and high quality of the posters collated in the present volume attest once again to the continuing validity of their insight: 71 articles, representing the work of 141 contributors from 13 countries.

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