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Perception as Information Detection
Reflections on Gibson’s Ecological Approach to Visual Perception

ISBN 9780367312961
Published August 9, 2019 by Routledge
354 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a chapter-by-chapter update to and reflection on of the landmark volume by J.J. Gibson on the Ecological Approach to Visual Perception (1979).

Gibson’s book was presented a pioneering approach in experimental psychology; it was his most complete and mature description of the ecological approach to visual perception. Perception as Information Detection commemorates, develops, and updates each of the sixteen chapters from Gibson’s volume. The book brings together some of the foremost perceptual scientists in the field, from the United States, Europe, and Asia, to reflect on Gibson’s original chapters, expand on the key concepts discussed and relate this to their own cutting-edge research. This connects Gibson’s classic with the current state of the field, as well as providing a new generation of students with a contemporary overview of the ecological approach to visual perception.

Perception as Information Detection is an important resource for perceptual scientists as well as both undergraduates and graduates studying sensation and perception, vision, cognitive science, ecological psychology, and philosophy of mind.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Contributors




Part One The Environment to Be Perceived

Chapter 1. The Third Sense of Environment

Edward Baggs and Anthony Chemero

Chapter 2. The Triad of Medium, Substance, And Surfaces for The Theory of Further Scrutiny

Tetsushi Nonaka

Chapter 3. Ecological Interface Design Inspired By ‘The Meaningful Environment’

Christopher C. Pagano & Brian Day

Chapter 4. Challenging the Axioms of Perception: The Retinal Image and The Visibility Of Light

Claudia Carello & Michael T. Turvey

Part Two. The Information for Visual Perception.

Chapter 5. Getting into The Ambient Optic Array and What We Might Get Out of It

William M. Mace

Chapter 6. The Challenge of An Ecological Approach to Event Perception: How to Obtain Forceful Control From Forceless Information

Robert Shaw & Jeffrey Kinsella-Shaw

Chapter 7. The Optical Information for Self-Perception in Development

Audrey L. H. van der Meer & F. R. (Ruud) van der Weel

Chapter 8. A Guided Tour of Gibson’s Theory of Affordances

Jeffrey B. Wagman

Part Three. Visual Perception

Chapter 9. Perceiving Surface Layout: Ground Theory, Affordances, and the Objects of Perception

William H. Warren

Chapter 10. Acting in Perceiving: Experiments on Perception of Motion in The World and Movements of The Self, An Update

L. James Smart Jr., Justin A. Hassebrock, & Max A. Teaford

Chapter 11. Revisiting "The Discovery of The Occluding Edge and Its Implications For

Perception" 40 Years On

Harry Heft

Chapter 12. Looking with The Head and Eyes

John M. Franchak

Chapter 13. James Gibson’s Ecological Approach to Locomotion and Manipulation: Development and Changing Affordances

Karen E. Adolph, Justine E. Hoch, and Ori Ossmy

Chapter 14. Information and Its Detection: The Consequences of Gibson’s Theory of Information Pickup

Brandon J. Thomas, Michael A. Riley, & Jeffrey B. Wagman

Part Four. Depiction.

Chapter 15. The Use, And Uses of Depiction

Thomas A. Stoffregen

Chapter 16. Revisiting Ecological Film Theory

Julia J. C. Blau

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Jeffrey B. Wagman, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at Illinois State University. His research focuses on perception of affordances. He is a recipient of the Illinois State University Outstanding University Researcher Award and a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Ecological Psychology.

Julia J. C. Blau, Ph. D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Central Connecticut State University. She earned her doctorate in ecological psychology from the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on the fractality of event perception, as well as the ecological approach to film perception.