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Language, thought and the ecological approach; A Purple Peril
As part of a class on cognitive psychology, I give a seminar in which we talk about the research on the relationship between language and thought. In particular, I show this great talk by Lera Boroditsky as a starting point. She talks about the kind of rese...

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Evidence for the Kinematic Specification of Dynamics
Gibson’s most detailed analysis of the KSD problem came from work on the perception of dynamic occlusion (viewing one surface become progressively hidden behind another as they move; Gibson, Kaplan, Reynolds & Wheeler, 1969; Kaplan, 1969). As one surface go...

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The Nature of Ecological Perceptual Information
The central issue in the perception of the world is how the perceptual system comes into contact with that world. In vision, the assumption for centuries has been that the experienced world must be recovered somehow from the 2D image of the world projected ...

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The Ecological Approach - The Accidental Textbook
Over the years this blog has collected 232 posts one a wide range of topics and we have multiple papers out and forthcoming working on the ecological approach to psychology and the behavioural sciences more generally. On the plus side, I have material all o...

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Affordances are Not Relations, Part 1: Chemero (2009)
Affordances are on my mind right now as I develop the throwing research programme, and a major commitment of that work is that affordances are ( dispositional ) properties of the environment picked out by organisms in the context of tasks. This commitment h...

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The Affordances of Natural vs Designed Environments (A Purple Peril)
I had a conversation with Eric Brymer  ( @Ericbrymer ) a few weeks ago. Eric is a Reader at Leeds Beckett and is an ecologically minded psychologist interested in the effects of the natural world on mental health. We chatted affordances for a while, and des...

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Is the Ecological Approach Radical Enough?
Radical enactivists do not just want to get representations out of their explanations for our mental life. They also want to get rid of the notion of content. Hutto & Myin (2013) is the strong version of this claim.  Mental states or processes have content ...

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Scarantino (2003) “Affordances Explained”
Turvey, Shaw, Reed and Mace (1981) laid out an ontology of affordances; a formal account of the kind of things they are. They described them as dispositions , properties of the world constituted by sets of anchoring properties that offered an action to an o...

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Free Energy: How the F*ck Does That Work, Ecologically?
Karl Friston has spent a lot of time recently developing the free energy principle framework as a way to explain life, behaviour and cognition; you know, biology, and it's become the cool kid on the block in fairly record time.  Crudely, the basic idea of t...
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