1st Edition

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

Edited By Jeffrey B. Wagman, Julia J. C. Blau Copyright 2020
    354 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    354 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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

    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


    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.