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Ecological Psychology

  1. William M. Mace

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0292

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Mace, W. M. 2010. Ecological Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Trinity College, Hartford, CT

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


This article describes James J. Gibson's ecological approach to psychology as it developed. Gibson's system evolved as an approach to visual perception, but the consequences have extended far beyond vision—first to other modalities (Gibson, 1966; Turvey, 1996), then to action, cognition, social psychology, and movement science, to name a few. Part of the range of ecological psychology can be seen in the list of books in the series, Resources for Ecological Psychology (see Heft, 2001).