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 clinton.cooper@uconn.edu claire.michaels@uconn.edu http://www.ione.psy.uconn.edu/~cespaweb/

Abstract

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



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