Psychology | Perception/Action
P651 | 26386 | --


This course is on the Ecological approach to perception/action.   The
basic assumption is that perception and action are mutually
constraining and so the study on one entails study of the other.  We
will review and discuss J.J. Gibson's ideas about perception and
especially his notions of  information and direct perception.
Likewise, we will cover ideas about action derived from N. Bernstein
including the need to study coordination as well as control.
(Coordination in action is comparable to Gibson's higher order
variables in perception.)  The paradigm case used to develop analysis
throughout is visually guided locomotion. Topics will include
ecological realism, optic flow analysis, structure-from-motion, event
perception, physiology of vision and of movement,, motion
measurement,  dynamical models of action including mass-spring models
of skeletal muscle, dynamics of locomotion and some robotics.  The
format is mixed lecture (more at the start) and seminar/discussion
(more at the end).