An Odyssey in Learning and Perception

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MIT Press, 1994 - Psychology - 654 pages
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"Eleanor Gibson is unique. In the course of six decades, she has made many fundamental contributions to the study of learning and perception. The entire field of perceptual learning owes its origins to Gibson, and she was the major influence in reviving the study of reading around 30 years ago. Her work, generously collected in this volume, is must reading for anyone who wants to know how our minds work.... It is all the more remarkable that these achievements were made despite the serious barriers that blocked women from scientific careers."
-- Edward S. Reed, "Comparative Psychology" In the field of psychology, beginning in the 1950s, Eleanor J. Gibson nearly single-handedly developed the field of perceptual learning with a series of brilliant studies that culminated in the seminal work, Perceptual Learning and Development. An Odyssey in Learning and Perception brings together Gibson's scientific papers, including difficult-to- find or previously unpublished work, along with classic studies in perception and action. Gibson introduces each paper to show why the research was undertaken and concludes each section with comments linking the findings to later developments. A personal essay touches on the questions and concerns that guided her research.

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Contents

Bilateral Transfer of the Conditioned Response in the Human Subject
9
Perceptual Learning Annual Review of Psychology 1963
14
J J Gibson and G Raffel Exp Psychol 1932 15 416421
15
Retention and the Interpolated Task with James J Gibson Amer
22
A Systematic Application of the Concepts of Generalization
41
Retroactive Inhibition as a Function of Degree of Generalization
69
The Effect of Prolonged Exposure to Visually Presented Patterns
125
The Effectiveness of Prolonged Exposure to Cutouts vs Painted
135
Differentiation or Enrichment? with J J Gibson
291
Perceptual Development and the Reduction of Uncertainty
353
Development
383
A Developmental Study of Visual Search Behavior with A Yonas
413
Perceptual Learning and the Theory of Word Perception Cognitive
453
A View from outside the Network
471
Perception Cognition or Both?
493
Thoughts Inspired
521

Behavior of Light and DarkReared Rats on a Visual Cliff with
143
The Development of Perception as an Adaptive Process Eleanor
177
Comparative Psychology and Animal
197
PSYCHOPHYSICS TO TRANSFORMATIONS
203
The Effect of Prior Training with a Scale of Distance on Absolute
221
Distance Judgment by the Method of Fractionation with J Purdy
237
Continuous Perspective Transformations and the Perception of Rigid
247
Motion Parallax as a Determinant of Perceived Depth with
263
Psychophysics to Computation
283
Differentiation
527
Development of Knowledge of VisualTactual Affordances
541
Detection of the Traversability of Surfaces by Crawling and Walking
571
Exploratory Behavior in the Development of Perceiving Acting
599
Prospects for a New Approach to Perceptual Learning
607
References
617
Author Index
623
Subject Index
631
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Eleanor J. Gibson is Susan Linn Sage Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Cornell University.

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