Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Davis, USA
Title: The ecological approach to perception: The place of perceptual content.
Source: American Journal of Psychology, 1989 Win, 1989. 102 (4): p.443-476
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Ecological Factors Environment Perception Cognitions
Added Keywords: perceptual content in ecological approach to perception
Classification Code: Sensory Perception (2320)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: Addresses the place of perceptual content in the ecological approach to perceiving. The kind of perceptual systems that human beings possess enables each person to respond in highly adaptive deliberate ways that take into account the suitability of particular behaviors to what the person is aware of experiencing perceptually. In deciding what to do under the perceived circumstances, content is the dimension of perceptual experience that is consulted. Perceptual content includes presentational content (how environmental entities appear) and intentional content (how perceptual experience takes [i.e., grasps, apprehends] perceived environmental entities). J. J. Gibson (1979) proposed that there is no perceptual content independent of the particular intentional objects that are perceptually apprehended that are always part of the ecological environment. Gibson's perception theory is discussed. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)