In the context of an Emory Symposium on Cognition honoring the enormous contributions to cognitive psychology of Ulric Neisser, this book brings together ecological approaches to various aspects of cognition and its development. Well-known former students and colleagues of Neisser articulate their views on perception, memory, and culture. There is a strong developmental component, with chapters on infant perception, infant problem solving, and the cognitive profile of Williams Syndrome, as well as two chapters that consider philosophical issues related to cognitive psychology.
Contents: Preface. Part I: Perception and Its Development. P. Rochat, Direct Perception and Representation in Infancy. K.E. Adolph, M. Eppler, Obstacles to Understanding: An Ecological Approach to Infant Problem Solving. J.R. Pani, Descriptions of Orientation and Structure in Perception and Physical Reasoning. A.E. Stoper, Height and Extent: Two Kinds of Size Perception. Part II: Cognition and Its Development. E.J. Gibson, EPAM to EGO: A Cognitive Journey E. Spelke, Unity and Diversity in Knowledge. M. Tomasello, The Cultural Ecology of Young Children's Interactions With Objects and Artifacts. F. Keil, K. Lockhart, Getting a Grip on Reality. C.B. Mervis, The Williams Syndrome Cognitive Profile: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Interrelations Among Auditory Short-Term Memory, Language, and Visuospatial Constructive Cognition. I.E. Hyman, Jr., Creating False Autobiographical Memories: Why People Believe Their Memory Errors. W. Hirst, D. Gluck, Revisiting John Dean's Memory. Part III: Philosophy and Education. R.N. McCauley, Bringing Ritual to Mind. D.A. Jopling, Five Kinds of Self-Ignorance. Y. Takano, How Does an Adviser Influence a Student? A Case Study.