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Gibson's affordances and Turing's theory of computation

Wells, Andrew J. (2002) Gibson's affordances and Turing's theory of computation. Ecological Psychology, 14 (3). pp. 140-180. ISSN 1040-7413

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The concept of affordance is a central component of the ecological psychology of J. J. Gibson (1966, 1977, 1979/1986). Affordances are properties of the environment taken relative to an observer. Ecological theorists have developed formal models for the analysis of affordances. Models proposed by Shaw and Turvey (1981), Turvey (1992), and Greeno (1994) are described and evaluated, and another approach, using Turing's (1936-1937/1965) theory of computation, is outlined. Affordances are characterized as the configurations of Turing machines. It is shown that Turing's work provides a natural vehicle for exploring Gibson's ideas.

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Additional Information: © 2002 Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2007

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