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.
"The breadth and originality of Neisser's work have made him an exceptional figure within psychology, and these qualities are well represented in this worthwhile volume."
—Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography
"The chapters are of high quality….they demonstrate Dick Neisser's skill at attracting talented students, his gifts as a mentor, and his value as a colleague."
"This volume contains an eclectic collection of essays. It presents many different perspectives on the way in which one of the most influential psychologists of the century has influenced the thinking of many."
—Applied 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.