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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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Identification Number: 10.1207/S15326969ECO1403_3


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.
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:10

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