‘Embodied Cognition is Not What You Think It Is’
Wednesday 20th March 2013, 10am at Leeds Metropolitan University, Rose Bowl 262
‘Perceiving the Affordances: The Intriguing Case of Throwing for Distance and Accuracy’
Wednesday 20th March 2013, 12pm at Leeds Metropolitan University (Carnegie) Fairfax 121 (campus map) and then Wednesday 12th June, 3.10pm for Psychology in Portland 515
Perceiving the Affordances: The Intriguing Case of Throwing for Distance and Accuracy
Presenter: Dr Andrew Wilson
Chair: Professor Carlton Cooke
Date: 20th March 2013
Time: 12.00 – 1.00
Venue: Fairfax 121
Throwing for distance & accuracy is a complex skill that requires accurate perception of the throwing relevant properties (affordances) of both the objects being thrown and the target to be hit. This perceptual information is then used to generate release parameters suitable for the task at hand, and the way these release parameters change with changes in task demands serves as direct action measures of the perception of these affordances. I will review work by myself and colleagues on the perception of object and target affordances for throwing to maximum distances and to hit targets up to 15m away. Our recent work has used dense computer simulations to quantify the affordance structure of the task, which have revealed how expert throwers adapt their behaviour to take best advantage of the most stable regions of the task space.
This work is at an exciting stage – we have many of the methods and analysis tools in place, but there is much to do. I am very interested in developing collaborations with Carnegie faculty members to push this project forwards, and so I will end with a discussion of what the future holds.
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