Encountering the World Toward an Ecological Psychology

ISBN-10: 0195073010

ISBN-13: 9780195073010

Edition: 1997

Authors: Edward S. Reed

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Encountering the World reorients modern psychology by finding a viable middle ground between the study of nerve cells and cultural analysis. The emerging field of ecological psychology focuses on the "human niche" and our uniquely evolved modes of action and interaction. Rejecting both mechanistic cognitive science and reductionistic neuroscience, the author offers a new psychology that combines ecological and experimental methods to help us better understand the ways in which people and animals make their way through the world. The book provides a comprehensive treatment of ecological psychology and a unique synthesis of the work of Darwin, neural Darwinism, and modern ecologists with James Gibson's approach to perception. The author presents detailed discussions on communication, sociality, cognition, and language - topics often overlooked by ecological psychologists. Other issues covered include ecological approaches to animal behaviour, neural mechanisms, perception, action, and interaction. Provocative and controversial, Encountering the World makes a significant contribution to the debate over the nature of psychology.
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Book details

List price: $71.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/29/1996
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Introduction: The Significance of the Psychological
Regulation versus Construction
An Evolutionary Psychology
Affordances: A New Ecology for Psychology
The Importance of Information
Functional Systems and the Mechanisms of Behavior
Varieties of Action Systems
The Effort After Value and Meaning
The Human Environment
Becoming a Person
The Daily Life of the Mind
Entering the Linguistic Environment
Streams of Thought
Epilogue: The Significance of Ecological Psychology
References
Index
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