Action Science

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-02-01
  • Publisher: Mit Pr
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The emerging field of action science is characterized by a diversity of theoreticaland methodological approaches that share the basic functional belief that evolution has optimizedcognitive systems to serve the demands of action. This book brings together the constitutiveapproaches of action science in a single source, covering the relation of action to such cognitivefunctions as perception, attention, memory, and volition. Each chapter offers a tutorial-likedescription of a major line of inquiry, written by a leading scientist in the field. Taken together,the chapters reflect a dynamic and rapidly growing field and provide a forum for comparison andpossible integration of approaches. After discussing core questions about how actions are controlledand learned, the book considers ecological approaches to action science; neurocogntive approaches toaction understanding and attention; developmental approaches to action science; social actions,including imitation and joint action; and the relationships between action and the conceptual system(grounded cognition) and between volition and action. An emerging discipline depends on a rich andmultifaceted supply of theoretical and methodological approaches. The diversity of perspectivesoffered in this book will serve as a guide for future explorations in action science. Contributors Lawrence W. Barsalou, Miriam Beisert, ValerianChambon, Thomas Goschke, Patrick Haggard, Arvid Herwig, Herbert Heuer, Cecilia Heyes, BernhardHommel, Glyn W. Humphreys, Richard B. Ivry, Markus Kiefer, Günther Knoblich, Sally A. Linkenauger,Janeen D. Loehr, Peter J. Marshall, Andrew N. Meltzoff, Wolfgang Prinz, Dennis R. Proffitt, GiacomoRizzolatti, David A. Rosenbaum, Natalie Sebanz, Corrado Sinigaglia, Sandra Sülzenbrück, Jordan A.Taylor, Michael T. Turvey, Claes von Hofsten, Rebecca A. Williamson

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