Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Perception, learning, and judgment in ecological psychology: Who needs a constructivist ventral system?

Clinton Cooper a1 and Claire F. Michaels a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269


Norman's identification of a ventral system embodying a constructivist theory of perception is rejected in favor of an ecological theory of perception and perceptual learning. We summarize research showing that a key motivation for the ventral-constructivist connection, percept-percept coupling, confuses perceptual and post-perceptual processes