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Center for Ecological Study of Perception and Action

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Center for Ecological Study of Perception and Action
Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut 406 Babbidge Rd, U-1020
Storrs, CT 06269-1020
United States
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Center for Ecological Study of Perception and Action

The ecological approach to perception and action, in the tradition of the late James J. Gibson, sees psychology as continuous with the natural sciences. Just as the behaviors of natural, nonliving systems at the very large and very small scales are approachable in terms of very general principles so, too, are the behaviors of living systems at the intermediate ecological scale, the scale at which animals and their environments are defined. Where the more orthodox strategy in cognitive science is to appeal to special mental processes to impose order and regularity on perception and action, the ecological approach seeks to expose the laws that underlie these capabilities. Proponents do not aim to reduce the phenomena of perception and action to known physical phenomena but to share with the natural sciences the law-based strategy of explanation. The task of identifying general principles at the ecological scale poses new and exciting challenges to be met by the development of novel tactics within an inter-disciplinary framework. The program in Ecological Psychology at the University of Connecticut exploits such a framework.

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