The Organization of Perception and Action: A Theory for Language and Other Cognitive Skills

Paperback | July 1, 1987

byDonald G. MacKay

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Do perception and action share some of the same cognitive structures? What is the relationship between cognitive processes for sequencing, timing, and error detection in perception and action? Such issues form the basis for this fresh and absorbing study of the perception and production of language and other cognitive skills such as chess and piano playing. The Organization of Perception and Action provides a coherent and innovative synthesis of available data, challenges classical theories, and offers new insights into relations between language, thought, and action. Its broad, interdisciplinary approach and wealth of detailed examples extend from the motor control of typing to the role of attention in perception and action and the flexibility of conscious vs. unconscious processes. Not only researchers, but anyone with a general interest in the cognitive and brain sciences will find in this book new and interesting insights into topics long considered fundamental to psychology and related disciplines.

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Do perception and action share some of the same cognitive structures? What is the relationship between cognitive processes for sequencing, timing, and error detection in perception and action? Such issues form the basis for this fresh and absorbing study of the perception and production of language and other cognitive skills such as ch...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:233 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.27 inPublished:July 1, 1987Publisher:Springer New York

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ISBN - 10:0387965092

ISBN - 13:9780387965093

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Contents: Theorectical Antecedents.- The Structure of Perception and Action.- The Sequencing of Action.- Perceptual Sequencing and Higher Level Activation.- The Temporal Organization of Perception and Action.- Asymmetries Between Perception and Action.- The Functions of Mental Nodes.- Self-Inhibition and the Recovery Cycle.- Perceptual Feedback in the Detection and Correction of Errors.- Disruptive Effects of Feedback.- Epilogue.- References.- Index of Names.- Subject Index.