This book provides a chapter-by-chapter update to and reflection on of the landmark volume by J.J. Gibson on the Ecological Approach to Visual Perception (1979).

Gibson’s book was presented a pioneering approach in experimental psychology; it was his most complete and mature description of the ecological approach to visual perception. Perception as Information Detection commemorates, develops, and updates each of the sixteen chapters from Gibson’s volume. The book brings together some of the foremost perceptual scientists in the field, from the United States, Europe, and Asia, to reflect on Gibson’s original chapters, expand on the key concepts discussed and relate this to their own cutting-edge research. This connects Gibson’s classic with the current state of the field, as well as providing a new generation of students with a contemporary overview of the ecological approach to visual perception.

Perception as Information Detection is an important resource for perceptual scientists as well as both undergraduates and graduates studying sensation and perception, vision, cognitive science, ecological psychology, and philosophy of mind.

chapter |2 pages


ByJeffrey B. Wagman, Julia J. C. Blau

part I|2 pages

The Environment to Be Perceived

chapter 1|16 pages

The Third Sense of Environment

ByEdward Baggs, Anthony Chemero

chapter 3|14 pages

Ecological Interface Design Inspired by “The Meaningful Environment”

ByChristopher C. Pagano, Brian Day

chapter 4|20 pages

Challenging the Axioms of Perception

The Retinal Image and the Visibility of Light
ByClaudia Carello, Michael T. Turvey

part II|2 pages

The Information for Visual Perception

chapter 5|17 pages

Getting into the Ambient Optic Array and What We Might Get Out of It

ByWilliam M. Mace

chapter 6|20 pages

The Challenge of an Ecological Approach to Event Perception

How to Obtain Forceful Control from Forceless Information
ByRobert Shaw, Jeffrey Kinsella-Shaw

chapter 7|20 pages

The Optical Information for Self-Perception in Development

ByAudrey L. H. van der Meer, F. R. Ruud van der Weel

chapter 8|19 pages

A Guided Tour of Gibson’s Theory of Affordances

ByJeffrey B. Wagman

part III|2 pages

Visual Perception

chapter 9|23 pages

Perceiving Surface Layout

Ground Theory, Affordances, and the Objects of Perception
ByWilliam H. Warren

chapter 10|14 pages

Acting Is Perceiving

Experiments on Perception of Motion in the World and Movements of the Self, an Update
ByL. James Smart, Justin A. Hassebrock, Max A. Teaford

chapter 12|17 pages

Looking with the Head and Eyes

ByJohn M. Franchak

chapter 13|15 pages

James Gibson’s Ecological Approach to Locomotion and Manipulation

Development and Changing Affordances
ByKaren E. Adolph, Justine E. Hoch, Ori Ossmy

chapter 14|16 pages

Information and Its Detection

The Consequences of Gibson’s Theory of Information Pickup
ByBrandon J. Thomas, Michael A. Riley, Jeffrey B. Wagman

part IV|2 pages


chapter 15|19 pages

The Use and Uses of Depiction

ByThomas A. Stoffregen

chapter 16|17 pages

Revisiting Ecological Film Theory

ByJulia J. C. Blau