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Encountering the World: Toward an Ecological Psychology

By: Edward S Reed

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Jan 1997 | #83842 | ISBN: 0195073010
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About this book

Rejecting the mechanistic biases of modern psychology in favour of an ecological approach, Reed provides detailed discussions of animal behaviour, neural mechanisms, perception, and action. A key feature is analysis of topics often left out of ecological psychology, especially communication, sociality, and language.


"Reed's book is an intense, sustained, and thought-provoking exposition of a highly original theory...If Encountering the World leads us to interrogate our faith in the theoretical underpinnings of psychology and to be more naturalistic and less individualistic in our methods of study, it will have succeeded admirably."--Contemporary Psychology
"Reed's ideas provide a valuable. . .corrective to the postmodernist view of the tenuous relationship between experience and the real world."--Choice
"For those whose scientific focus is on complex systems, one of the more imposing challenges lies in understanding human behavior and cognition. . . . Ed Reed's . . . relatively slim volume is rich in conceptual development and offers a philosophically sound perspective on a comprehensive range of psychological issues. . . . This treatment of psychology could support a venture into dynamical modeling of behavior and cognition. It is primarily a descriptive treatment that steers away from


Contents

1. regulation vs. Construction; 2. An Evolutionary Psychology; 3. Affordances: A New Ecology for Psychology; 4. The Importance of Information; 5. Functional Systems and the Mechanisms of Behavior; 6. Varieties of Action Systems; 7. The Effort After Value and Meaning; 8. The Human Environment; 9. Becoming a Person; 10. The Daily Life of the Mind; 11. Entering the Linguistic Environment; 12. Streams of Thought

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