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Encountering the World: Toward an Ecological Psychology

Edward S. Reed


This book reorients modern psychology by finding a viable middle ground between the study of nerve cells and cultural analysis. The emerging field of ecological psychology focuses on the “human niche” and our uniquely evolved modes of action and interaction. Rejecting both mechanistic cognitive science and reductionistic neuroscience, the book offers a new psychology that combines ecological and experimental methods to help us better understand the ways in which people and animals make their way through the world. The book provides a comprehensive treatment of ecological psychology and a uniqu ... More

Keywords: modern psychology, nerve cells, ecological psychology, human niche, action, interaction, cognitive science, neuroscience, Darwin, neural Darwinism, language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195073010
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195073010.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward S. Reed, author
Whitely Laboratories, Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania