Perception and problem solving

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We discuss a suggestion, made by Harry Heft, that Gibson's ecological approach to perception is compatible with the theory of distributed cognition. We focus on the domain of problem solving. We provide examples of problems in which perception plays a constitutive role in the finding of a solution. We conclude that grounding distributed cognition theory in Gibson's account of direct perception offers a promising avenue for future work seeking to understand human behavior across social and higher cognitive domains.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Places, Sociality, and Ecological Psychology : Essays in Honor of Harry Heft
EditorsMiguel Segundo Ortin, Manuel Heras-Escribano, Vicente Raja
Number of pages14
Publication date2023
ISBN (Electronic)9781003259244
Publication statusPublished - 2023
SeriesResources for Ecological Psychology Series


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