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Claire Michaels

Claire Michaels


Claire F. Michaels



Research Professor

Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut


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Personal Statement

I’m interested in perception-action relations, and more particularly how information guides activity. My research paradigms have included several kinds of interceptive actions (catching fly balls, punching falling balls, lateral reaches to swinging balls), and dynamic touch. I am also interested in how information-perception and information-action relations change with experience, and worked with David Jacobs on a theory we call direct learning. Over the years I have also done experiments on and/or written papers on affordances, the state of ecological psychology, and the dynamical systems approach to action.

Related Publications, by Category

Theory of Action

Perceptual Basis of Action

Locomotor Actions

Sports Actions