Review article : ecological approach in studying the relation of perception-action : review of the theoretical and empirical data

Aggelakopoulos, George, Savelsbergh, Geert, Bennett, Simon J., Davids, Keith W., Tsormpatzoydis, Haralampos, & Groios, George (2007) Review article : ecological approach in studying the relation of perception-action : review of the theoretical and empirical data. Hellenic Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 65, pp. 27-43.

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In daily activities people are using a number of available means for the achievement of balance, such as the use of hands and the co-ordination of balance. One of the approaches that explains this relationship between perception and action is the ecological theory that is based on the work of a) Bernstein (1967), who imposed the problem of ‘the degrees of freedom’, b) Gibson (1979), who referred to the theory of perception and the way which the information is received from the environment in order for a certain movement to be achieved, c) Newell (1986), who proposed that movement can derive from the interaction of the constraints that imposed from the environment and the organism and d) Kugler, Kelso and Turvey (1982), who showed the way which “the degrees of freedom” are connected and interact. According to the above mentioned theories, the development of movement co-ordination can result from the different constraints that imposed into the organism-environment system. The close relation between the environmental and organismic constraints, as well as their interaction is responsible for the movement system that will be activated. These constraints apart from shaping the co-ordination of specific movements can be a rate limiting factor, to a certain degree, in the acquisition and mastering of a new skill. This frame of work can be an essential tool for the study of catching an object (e.g., a ball). The importance of this study becomes obvious due to the fact that movements that involved in catching an object are representative of every day actions and characteristic of the interaction between perception and action.

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ID Code: 26052
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Ecological Approach, Perception, Action, Degrees of Freedom
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2009 00:23
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:57

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