Since 1991, the edited book series Studies in Perception and Action has appeared in conjunction with the biennial International Conference of Perception and Action (ICPA). ICPA provides a forum for researchers and academics who share a common interest in ecological psychology to come together, present new research, and foster ideas towards the advancement of the field. This volume highlights research presented at the 17th ICPA meeting in the summer of 2013. The short papers and empirical articles presented in this book represent the contributions of researchers and laboratories from across the globe. The reader will find new, cutting-edge research on a wide variety of topics in perception and action. This volume will especially appeal to those that are interested in James J. Gibson's ecological approach to psychology, as well as, more broadly, students and researchers of visual and haptic perception, perceptual development, human movement dynamics, human factors, and social processes.
Tehran J. Davis, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, a multidisciplinary research center housed at the University of Connecticut (USA). His current research involves the study of decision making and intentionality, as well as the dynamics of social coordination and joint action.
Pedro Passos, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Human Kinetics/Technical University of Lisbon in Portugal. His research involving the study of the dynamics of interpersonal coordination in team sports has been published in several scientific journals, book chapters, and communications in scientific meetings. Currently, he is working to extend this line of research to the analysis of cooperative tasks in video games and other forms of virtual reality. Parallel to research activity, he also serves as a Technical Coordinator of a Rugby Union Club. During his leisure time he enjoys mountain biking, surfing, and alpine skiing.
Matt Dick, Ph.D. is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology and member of the Centre for Situated Action and Communication Research at the University of Portsmouth, England. He has previously held positions at the VU University in Amsterdam and German Sports University Cologne. His primary research interest is the study of interpersonal perception and action, with a focus on the topics of perceptual expertise and the visual control of movement.
Julie A. Weast-Knapp recently earned her Ph. D. in Psychology from the Center of Perception and Action at the University of Cincinnati. Her professional interests include improving the techniques used for teaching within the behavioral sciences, and she is a recipient of several awards recognizing her pedagogical achievements—including the Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate instructors from the University of Cincinnati. Her current research interests include perception of affordances in sport as well as human perception of biological motion.