- Publisher: The MIT Press (2022-02-22)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 302 pages
- ISBN-13: 9780262543392
- Item Weight: 623.7 grams
- Dimensions: 10.0 x 7.06 x 0.71 cm
An engaging and accessible introduction to the psychology and neuroscience of physical action.
This engaging and accessible book offers the first introductory text on the psychology and neuroscience of physical action. Written by a leading researcher in the field, it covers the interplay of action, mind, and brain, showing that many core concepts in philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and technology grew out of questions about the control of everyday physical actions. It explains action not as a “one-way street from stimuli to response” but as a continual perception-action cycle. The informal writing style invites students to think through the evidence step by step, helping them develop general thinking stills as well as learn specific facts. Special emphasis is placed on the role of underrepresented groups.
The book discusses the intellectual background of the field, from Plato to Kant, Dewey, and others; applications and methods; and the physical substrates of action—bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. It considers the control of actions in space; learning, and the roles of nature and nurture; feedback; feedforward, or anticipated feedback; and degrees of freedom—the multiple ways of getting things done and three methods for narrowing the alternatives. The book is generously illustrated, including many images of thinkers who contributed to the field.
About the Author
David A. Rosenbaum is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of Human Motor Control, It’s a Jungle in There: How Competition and Cooperation in the Brain Shape the Mind, Knowing Hands: The Cognitive Psychology of Manual Control, and other books.