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Robert Shaw

Professor Robert Shaw


Robert Shaw



Professor Emeritus
Psychology Department
Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action
University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut 06269

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Personal Statement

For two decades, my long-range goal has been to develop a theory of goal-directed action (intentional dynamics), as based in ecological physics and ecological psychology, and modeled by group theory, field theories, path integrals, and mathematical duals.  Specific topics of related interest include event perception, perceptual control of action, choice-point behavior, affordance and effectivity compatibility, situated action for embodied agents (e.g., organisms and robotics), and design principles for intelligent systems.  Also, I have pursued research on face perception, cranio-facial growth, orthodontic treatment, smart display design for intensive care units, vehicle navigation through cluttered environments (e.g., automobiles, aircraft, boats, and wheelchairs), information for geometric illusions, cognition and instruction.  I continue to investigate the philosophy of psychology, historical influences on ecological psychology, and cosmological implications of psychology.

Related Publications, by Category

Theory of Action

Perceptual Basis of Action

Intrinsic Basis of Action