Action Science: Foundations of an Emerging Discipline

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Wolfgang Prinz, Miriam Beisert, Arvid Herwig
MIT Press, 2013 - Psychology - 450 pages
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The emerging field of action science is characterized by a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches that share the basic functional belief that evolution has optimized cognitive systems to serve the demands of action. This book brings together the constitutive approaches of action science in a single source, covering the relation of action to such cognitive functions as perception, attention, memory, and volition. Each chapter offers a tutorial-like description of a major line of inquiry, written by a leading scientist in the field. Taken together, the chapters reflect a dynamic and rapidly growing field and provide a forum for comparison and possible integration of approaches. After discussing core questions about how actions are controlled and learned, the book considers ecological approaches to action science; neurocogntive approaches to action understanding and attention; developmental approaches to action science; social actions, including imitation and joint action; and the relationships between action and the conceptual system (grounded cognition) and between volition and action. An emerging discipline depends on a rich and multifaceted supply of theoretical and methodological approaches. The diversity of perspectives offered in this book will serve as a guide for future explorations in action science.

Contributors: Lawrence W. Barsalou, Miriam Beisert, Valerian Chambon, Thomas Goschke, Patrick Haggard, Arvid Herwig, Herbert Heuer, Cecilia Heyes, Bernhard Hommel, Glyn W. Humphreys, Richard B. Ivry, Markus Kiefer, G nther Knoblich, Sally A. Linkenauger, Janeen D. Loehr, Peter J. Marshall, Andrew N. Meltzoff, Wolfgang Prinz, Dennis R. Proffitt, Giacomo Rizzolatti, David A. Rosenbaum, Natalie Sebanz, Corrado Sinigaglia, Sandra S lzenbr ck, Jordan A. Taylor, Michael T. Turvey, Claes von Hofsten, Rebecca A. Williamson

 

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Contents

Introduction and Leitmotifs
1
Control and Learning
35
The Mastery of Complex Visuomotor Transformations
37
3 Implicit and Explicit Processes in Motor Learning
63
4 Cognitive Foundations of Action Planning and Control
89
On the Perceptual Grounding of Voluntary Actions and Agents
113
Ecological Approaches
137
What Kind of Science Does It Entail?
139
A Foundation for Cognitive Development
255
Lessons from Infant Imitation and Cognitive Neuroscience
281
Social Actions
307
Associative and Context Dependent
309
From PerceptionAction Links to Shared Representations
333
Cognition and Volition
357
How Does the Experience of Action Come About?
359
15 Grounding the Human Conceptual System in Perception Action and Internal States
381

7 Perception Viewed as a Phenotypic Expression
171
Neurocognitive Mechanisms
199
8 Understanding Action from the Inside
201
The Critical Role of Action
229
Development
253
Intentions Control Dilemmas and the Dynamic Regulation of Cognitive Control
409
Index
435
Insert
451
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Wolfgang Prinz is Director Emeritus of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science in Leipzig, and the author of " Open Minds: The Social Making of Agency" "and Intentionality" (MIT Press, 2012).

Miriam Beisert is a Research Scientist for the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science in Leipzig.

Arvid Herwig is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany.

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