Cognitive Ecology


  • Morton Friedman, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
  • Edward Carterette, Department of Psychology, University of California

Cognitive Ecology identifies the richness of input to our sensory evaluations, from our cultural heritage and philosophies of aesthetics to perceptual cognition and judgment. Integrating the arts, humanities, and sciences, Cognitive Ecology investigates the relationship of perception and cognition to wider issues of how science is conducted, and how the questions we ask about perception influence the answers we find. Part One discusses how issues of the human mind are inseparable from the culture from which the investigations arise, how mind and environment co-define experience and actions, and how culture otherwise influences cognitive function. Part Two outlines how philosophical themes of aesthetics have guided psychological research, and discuss the physical and aesthetic perception of music, film, and art. Part Three presents an overview of how the senses interact for sensory evaluation.
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Researcher professionals, educators, and graduate students in the social sciences, including cognitive and perceptual psychology, sociology, philosophy of science, and the arts.


Book information

  • Published: January 1996
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-161966-4

Table of Contents

Mind and Culture:E. Rosche, The Environment of Minds: Toward a Noetic and Hedonic Ecology.J. Valsiner, Cultural Organization of Cognitive Functions.The Arts:G.C. Cupchik and A.S. Winston, Confluence and Divergence in Empirical Aesthetics, Philosophy, and Mainstream Psychology.R.A. Kendall and E.C. Carterette, Music Perception and Cognition.J. Hochberg, The Perception of Pictures and Pictorial Art.J. Hochberg and V. Brooks, The Perception of Motion Pictures.A. Schulman, The Art of the Puzzler.Sensory Evaluation:H.T. Lawless, Flavor.Index.