Action Science

Foundations of an Emerging Discipline

The emerging field of action science is characterized by a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches that 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 relation of action to such cognitive functions as perception, attention, memory, and volition. Each chapter offers a tutorial-like description of a major line of inquiry, written by a leading scientist in the field. Taken together, the chapters reflect a dynamic and rapidly growing field and provide a forum for comparison and possible integration of approaches.

After discussing core questions about how actions are controlled and learned, the book considers ecological approaches to action science; neurocogntive approaches to action understanding and attention; developmental approaches to action science; social actions, including imitation and joint action; and the relationships between action and the conceptual system (grounded cognition) and between volition and action.

An emerging discipline depends on a rich and multifaceted supply of theoretical and methodological approaches. The diversity of perspectives offered in this book will serve as a guide for future explorations in action science.

Contributors: Lawrence W. Barsalou, Miriam Beisert, Valerian Chambon, Thomas Goschke, Patrick Haggard, Arvid Herwig, Herbert Heuer, Cecilia Heyes, Bernhard Hommel, Glyn W. Humphreys, Richard B. Ivry, Markus Kiefer, Günther Knoblich, Sally A. Linkenauger, Janeen D. Loehr, Peter J. Marshall, Andrew N. Meltzoff, Wolfgang Prinz, Dennis R. Proffitt, Giacomo Rizzolatti, David A. Rosenbaum, Natalie Sebanz, Corrado Sinigaglia, Sandra Sülzenbrück, Jordan A. Taylor, Michael T. Turvey, Claes von Hofsten, Rebecca A. Williamson

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Contributors

  4. 1. Action Science Emerging: Introduction and Leitmotifs

    Arvid Herwig, Miriam Beisert, and Wolfgang Prinz

  5. I. Control and Learning
  6. 2. Tool Use in Action: The Mastery of Complex Visuomotor Transformations

    Herbert Heuer and Sandra Sülzenbrück

  7. 3. Implicit and Explicit Processes in Motor Learning

    Jordan A. Taylor and Richard B. Ivry

  8. 4. Cognitive Foundations of Action Planning and Control

    David A. Rosenbaum

  9. 5. Ideomotor Action Control: On the Perceptual Grounding of Voluntary Actions and Agents

    Bernhard Hommel

  10. II. Ecological Approaches
  11. 6. Ecological Perspective on Perception-Action: What Kind of Science Does It Entail?

    Michael T. Turvey

  12. 7. Perception Viewed as a Phenotypic Expression

    Dennis R. Proffitt and Sally A. Linkenauger

  13. III. Neurocognitive Mechanisms
  14. 8. Understanding Action from the Inside

    Giacomo Rizzolatti and Corrado Sinigaglia

  15. 9. Beyond Serial Stages for Attentional Selection: The Critical Role of Action

    Glyn W. Humphreys

  16. IV. Development
  17. 10. Action in Infancy: A Foundation for Cognitive Development

    Claes von Hofsten

  18. 11. Developmental Perspectives on Action Science: Lessons from Infant Imitation and Cognitive Neuroscience

    Andrew N. Meltzoff, Rebecca A. Williamson, and Peter J. Marshall

  19. V. Social Actions
  20. 12. Imitation: Associative and Context Dependent

    Cecilia Heyes

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

    Janeen D. Loehr, Natalie Sebanz, and Günther Knoblich

  22. VI. Cognition and Volition
  23. 14. Premotor or Ideomotor: How Does the Experience of Action Come About?

    Valerian Chambon and Patrick Haggard

  24. 15. Grounding the Human Conceptual System in Perception, Action, and Internal States

    Markus Kiefer and Lawrence W. Barsalou

  25. 16. Volition in Action: Intentions, Control Dilemmas, and the Dynamic Regulation of Cognitive Control

    Thomas Goschke

  26. Index

  27. Color Plates