The Relation between Perception and Action: What Should Neuroscience Learn from Psychology?

Patrick R. Green

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    Abstract

    Research in neuroscience is making progress toward understanding the "dorsal" mechanisms responsible for the fast modulation by optical information of actions such as reaching and grasping. The function of "ventral" visual pathways is not to support perception, as distinct from action. Instead, it is to control extended actions that unfold over longer time scales and draw on optical information over larger spatial scales, than simple, fast limb movements. Perception and sensation should be regarded as particular forms of extended communicative actions and not as alternative end points for the use of environmental information. The neural mechanisms involved in controlling extended actions are not yet understood, and psychological theory has a role to play in framing their investigation by neuroscience.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)117-122
    Number of pages6
    JournalEcological Psychology
    Volume13
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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