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Encountering the World : Toward an Ecological Psychology

Encountering the World : Toward an Ecological Psychology - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195073010

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ISBN13: 978-0195073010
ISBN10: 0195073010
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1996
International: No

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Encountering the World : Toward an Ecological Psychology - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195073010

Edward S. Reed

ISBN13: 978-0195073010
ISBN10: 0195073010
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

Encountering the World radically reorients psychology. Rejecting the mechanistic biases of modern psychology in favor of an ecological approach, Reed argues that psychological processes must be understood as ways in which animals regulate their encounters with the environment.

Synthesizing the work of Darwin, modern ecologists, and neural Darwinism, with James Gibson's ecological approach to perception, Reed offers new methods for understanding the ways in which people and animals come to know about and act on their surroundings. Experimental psychologists have typically focused on understanding the mechanisms of behavior, leaving analysis of meaning and value to clinicians and to introspection. Encountering the World shows how a combination of ecological and experimental methods can help us better understand the meaningful aspects of everyday life.

Author Bio

Reed, Edward S. : Franklin & Marshall College



Table of 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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