Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

The dorsal system and the ecological self

Ulric Neisser a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853


Perception, as Gibson described it – picking up information that specifies the real local situation – includes not only perceiving affordances and controlling small movements, but also seeing the large-scale environmental layout and the position/movement of the “ecological self.” If the dorsal cortical system is also responsible for that very significant achievement, its activity must be at least partly conscious.