Studies in Perception and Action IV

Studies in Perception and Action IV

Studies in Perception and Action IV

Studies in Perception and Action IV

Synopsis

As busy as teachers and scholars are, rarely do they find the time to sample widely from the table of scientific inquiry. This book offers the opportunity to do just that. The fourth volume in the "Studies in Perception and Action" series, it contains a collection of posters presented at the Ninth International Conference on Perception and Action, sponsored by the International Society for Ecological Psychology.

Like its predecessor, this volume is a collection of short reports, mostly empirical in nature. The reports are considerably larger than the abstracts presented in the proceedings of many conferences, and provide the authors with opportunities to present arguments, methods, results, and conclusions in condensed forms.

Excerpt

This book is the fourth volume in the Studies in Perception and Action series, and contains a collection of posters presented at the Ninth International Conference on Perception and Action, held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 20th - 25th, 1997. The previous poster books accompanied conferences at Marseille (1995), Vancouver (1993) and Amsterdam (1991). The conference is sponsored by the International Society for Ecological Psychology.

Like its predecessor, Studies in Perception and Action IV is a collection of short reports, mostly empirical in nature. The reports are considerably larger than the abstracts presented in the Proceedings of many conferences, and provide the authors with an opportunity to present an argument, method, results and conclusion in a condensed form. In effect, these are miniature articles, as previous editors in this series stressed.

This book follows closely the format established in previous volumes, particularly the structure of the 1995 book edited by B. Bardy,R. J. Bootsma, andY. Guiard. Thus, there are three sections, beginning with perception, ending with action, and, bridging the two, perception-action coupling. Each of these sections are subdivided. Perception contains sections on vision, audition, and haptics and touch; Perception-Action Coupling contains sections on affordances, visually-guided actions, and intermodal and perceptual-motor coordination; and Action contains sections on patterns of coordination, movement and dynamics, and posture and locomotion. One might think that categorizing papers in such sections would be a straightforward endeavor, in practice, however, the task proved quite difficult. Some research defied classification into our categories; others spanned multiple categories, producing numerous areas of overlap between sections. Accordingly, our classifications are rough, and may reflect our own (occasionally limited) knowledge of the topic under study. To aid readers, we have included an index of keywords for these papers. We hope that this index provides additional help in finding related research.

Putting together a book such as this is daunting. The logistics of coordinating a large collection of papers is the stuff of which editors' nightmares are made. This volume contains 86 reports, generally in keeping with the number of papers appearing in previous volumes. We have edited these papers sparingly. Because this series depends on submissions made in January for a midsummer conference, we have had no more than two months for editing and preparation of camera-ready pages if the volume was to be available at the conference. Maintaining high standards in the content and style of these poster books depends on the authors presenting coherent . . .

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