Psychology | Targeted and Interceptive Actions
P457 | 26557 | Bingham, G

Targeted and Interceptive Actions

Prof. Geoffrey Bingham

From its very beginnings, American psychology has placed its focus
on the functional effectiveness of perception and behavior.  The
field of perception/action represents one the current efforts in
psychology to pursue this focus.  One of the most significant areas
of research in the field of perception/action  has been the study of
targeted and interceptive actions.  Such actions entail the
perception of space and events (two grand and hoary old areas of
perception research) but now in the service of relevant actions and
subject therefore to the functional and temporal constraints imposed
by such actions.  We will review the literature of analyses and
experiments investigating targeted walking, throwing, and reaching
as well as ball catching.  The readings for the seminar will feature
a new anthology of papers reviewing work on time-to-contact.  Issues
necessarily encountered in this domain include object and event
recognition, cue combination, the stability and accuracy of
perception, adaptation/calibration,  the the two channel hypothesis
and the biological basis of perceptual measurements, all in the
context of functionally effective action.  The prevailing question
will be are we making serious progress in understanding how people
and other animals successfully perform tasks required to
successfully get by
in the world.   Are these managable sciencific problems?