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The Swimmer

An Integrated Computational Model of A Perceptual-motor System, 1st Edition

By William R. Uttal, Gary Bradshaw, Sriram Dayanand, Robb Lovell, Thomas Shepherd

Psychology Press

228 pages

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This research monograph describes a large programming project in which an underwater organism, capable of perceiving, learning, deciding, and navigating, is computationally simulated. The developed computational model serves as a contemporary theory of perceptual-motor performance, embodying much of what is known about human vision and some of what is known about other cognitive processes. This artificial intelligence project has substantial contributions to make to the development of autonomous underwater vehicles. It also makes a specific theoretical statement about the organization and nature of organic perceptual motor systems that may be useful to psychologists, neuroscientists, and theoreticians in a number of other fields.


"Questions arising from difficulties in integrating the systems are pointedly discussed….Psychologists and computer scientists interested in cognition, artifical intelligence, computational modeling of decisison-making, vision and perceptual-motor processes should find this book if interest."

Perceptual and Motor Skills

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction. An Integrated Model -- The Philosophy. Perceptual Processes. Response Processes. System Processes. An Integrated Model -- Conclusions. Appendix: A Primer on Navigation and Path Planning.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Experimental Psychology