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Action Science: Foundations of an Emerging Discipline

Wolfgang Prinz, Miriam Beisert, and Arvid Herwig


The emerging field of action science is characterized by a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches which 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 relationship of action to such cognitive functions as perception, attention, memory, and volition. Each chapter, written by a different scientist in the field, offers a tutorial-like description of a major line of inquiry. Considered as one unit, the chapters re ... More

Keywords: perception, attention, memory, volition, controlling actions, learning actions, neurocognitive approaches, developmental approaches, social actions, imitation

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780262018555
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018555.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wolfgang Prinz, editor

Miriam Beisert, editor

Arvid Herwig, editor

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1 Action Science Emerging: Introduction and Leitmotifs

Arvid Herwig, Miriam Beisert, and Wolfgang Prinz

I Control and Learning

3 Implicit and Explicit Processes in Motor Learning

Jordan A. Taylor, and Richard B. Ivry

II Ecological Approaches

7 Perception Viewed as a Phenotypic Expression

Dennis R. Proffitt, and Sally A. Linkenauger

III Neurocognitive Mechanisms

8 Understanding Action from the Inside

Giacomo Rizzolatti, and Corrado Sinigaglia

IV Development

V Social Actions

13 Joint Action: From Perception-Action Links to Shared Representations

Janeen D. Loehr, Natalie Sebanz, and Günther Knoblich

VI Cognition and Volition

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