Action Science: Foundations of an Emerging Discipline
Wolfgang Prinz, Miriam Beisert, Arvid Herwig
MIT Press, 2013 - Psychology - 450 pages
An overview of today's diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to action and the relationship of action and cognition.
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.
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Introduction and Leitmotifs
Control and Learning
The Mastery of Complex Visuomotor Transformations
3 Implicit and Explicit Processes in Motor Learning
4 Cognitive Foundations of Action Planning and Control
On the Perceptual Grounding of Voluntary Actions and Agents
What Kind of Science Does It Entail?
A Foundation for Cognitive Development
Lessons from Infant Imitation and Cognitive Neuroscience
Associative and Context Dependent
From PerceptionAction Links to Shared Representations
Cognition and Volition
How Does the Experience of Action Come About?
15 Grounding the Human Conceptual System in Perception Action and Internal States