Robert Shaw

Title: Professor Emeritus

CESPA — University of Connecticut

Contact Information:

Department of Psychology
406 Babbidge Road, Unit 1020
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-1020

E-mail: roberteshaw@aol.com

Preferred Means of Contact: E-mail

Research Interests:

  • Intentional dynamics (i.e., perceptual control of goal-directed behavior)

General: Overviews of Ecological – Cosmological Psychology

Shaw, R. E. (2001).  Cosmological Psychology: Reconciling the role of Consciousness in Scientific Studies.  In T.D. Singh & S. Bandhopadhyay (Eds.) Thoughts on synthesis of science and religion.  Calcutta, India: The Bhaktivedanta Institute Full Text [Word]
Shaw, R. E. & Turvey, M. T. (1999). Ecological Foundations of Cognition: II. Degrees of Freedom and Conserved Quantities in Animal — Environment Systems. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 6 Full Text [Word]
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Empirical

Kim, N-G., Effken, J. A. & Shaw, R. E.(1995). Perceiving persistence under change and over structure. Ecological Psychology, 7 , 217 – 256. pdf file
Effken, J. A., Kim. N – G. & Shaw, R. E.(1997). Making the constraints visible: Testing the ecological approach to interface design. Ergonomics, 40 , 1 – 27. pdf file

 

Sim, M., Shaw, R. & Turvey, M. T. (1997). Intrinsic and Required Dynamics of a Simple Bat – Ball Skill. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 23 . 101 – 115. pdf file

Theoretical

Shaw, R. E., McIntyre, M.(1974). Algoristic foundations to cognitive psychology. In D. Palermo & W. Weimer, Cognition and the Symbolic Processes. Pages 305 – 362. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Full text pdf file
Shaw, R. E., McIntyre, M. & Mace, W. M. (1974). The Role of Symmetry in Event Perception. In R. B. McLeod & H. Pick, Jr., Perception: Essays in Honor of James J. Gibson . Pages 276 – 310. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press Full text pdf file
Shaw, R. E. & Wilson, B. E.(1976). Abstract Conceptual Knowledge: How We Know What We Know. In D. Klahr, (ed.) Cognition and Instruction. Pages 197 – 221. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. pdf file
Shaw, R. E. & Pittenger, J. B. (1978). Perceiving Change. In H. Pick and E. Saltzman, Modes of Perceiving and Processing Information . Pages 187 – 204. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
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Turvey, M. T., Shaw, R. & Mace, W. M. (1978). Issues in the Theory of Action: Degrees of Freedom, Coordinative Structures and Coalitions. In J. Requin, Attention and Performance VII . Pages 557 – 595. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Full text pdf file
Turvey, M. T. & Shaw, R. (1979). The Primacy of Perceiving: An Ecological Reformulation of Perception for Understanding Memory. Pages 167 – 222. In L-G. Nilsson, Perspectives on Memory Research: Essays in Honor of Uppsala University’s 500th Anniversary . Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
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Shaw, R. E. & Cutting, J. E.(1980). Clues from an Ecological Theory of Event Perception. In U. Bellugi & M. Studdert – Kennedy , (eds.) Biological Constraints on Linguistic Form . pp. 57 – 84. Weinheim: Verlag Chemie pdf file

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Shaw, R. E. & Todd, J.(1980). Abstract machine theory and direct perception. [commentary on “Against Direct Perception” by Shimon Ullman] The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 3 400 – 401. shaw_todd
Shaw, R.& Turvey, M. T. (1981). Coalitions as models for Ecosystems: A Realist Perspective on Perceptual Organization. In M. Kubovy & J. Pomerantz, Perceptual Organization. Pages 343 – 415. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Full Text .pdf file

 

Shaw, R.& Turvey, M. T. (1981). Coalitions as models for Ecosystems: A Realist Perspective on Perceptual Organization. In M. Kubovy & J. Pomerantz, Perceptual Organization. Pages 343 – 415. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. References for Entire book
Turvey, M. T., Shaw, R. E., Reed, E. S. & Mace, W. M. (1981). Ecological laws of perceiving and acting: In reply to Fodor and Pylyshyn. Cognition, 9, 237-304. pdf file
Shaw, R., Turvey, M. T. & Mace, W. M. (1982). Ecological Psychology: The Consequence of a Commitment to Realism. In W. Weimer & D. Palermo, Cognition and the Symbolic Processes II. Pages 159 – 226. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Full text pdf file
Shaw, R. & Warren, W. H., Jr. (1985). Events and Encounters as Units of Analysis for Ecological Psychology. In W. H. Warren, Jr. & R. E. Shaw, Persistence and Change: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Event Perception. pages 1 – 27. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Full Text pdf file
Kugler, P., Turvey, M., Carello, C., & Shaw, R. E. (1985). The physics of controlled collisions: A reverie about locomotion. In W. H. Warren, Jr. & R. E. Shaw, Persistence and Change: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Event Perception. pages 195 – 229. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Full Text pdf file`
Shaw, R. & Alley, T. (1985). How to Draw Learning Curves: Their Use and Justification. In T. Johnston & A. Pietrewicz, Issues in the Ecological Study of Learning. pages 275 – 304. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Full Text pdf file
Mark, L., Shaw, R. E. & Pittenger, J. B. (1988). Natural Constraints, Scales of Analysis, and Information for the Perception of Growing Faces. In T. R. Alley, Social and Applied Aspects of Perceiving Faces. pages 11 – 49. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
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Shaw, R. & Kinsella – Shaw, J. (1988). Ecological Mechanics: A Physical Geometry for Intentional Constraints. Human Movement Science, 7 155 – 200. Full Text .pdf file

 

Kugler, P. N. & Shaw. R. E. (1990). Symmetry and Symmetry-Breaking in Thermodynamic and Epistemic Engines: A Coupling ·of First and Second Laws. In H. Haken & M. Stadler,Synergetics of Cognition pages 296-331. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. Full Text .pdf file
Kugler, P. N. & Shaw. R. E., Vicente, K. J. and Kinsella-Shaw, J. (1990). Inquiry into intentional systems I: Issues in ecological physics . Psychological Research, 52 , 98-121. Full Text .pdf file
Shaw, R., Kugler, P. & Kinsella – Shaw, J. (1990). Reciprocities of Intentional Systems. In R. Warren & A. H. Wertheim, Perception & control of self-motion. pages 579-619 Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Full Text .pdf file
Kugler, P. N., Shaw, R. E., Vicente, K. J. & Kinsella – Shaw, J. (1991). The role of attractors in the self-organization of intentional systems. In R. R. Hoffman & D. S. Palermo, Cognition and the Symbolic Processes: Applied and Ecological Perspectives. pages 387-431.  Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Full Text .pdf file
Shaw, R., Kadar, E., Sim, M. & Repperger, D. (1992). The Intentional Spring: A Strategy for Modeling Systems that Learn to Perform Intentional Acts. Journal of Motor Behavior, 24. 3 – 28. Full Text .pdf file
Effken, J. Shaw, R. E. (1992). Ecological perspectives on the new artificial intelligence. Ecological Psychology, 4, 247-270. Full Text .pdf
Shaw, R. Kadar, E. & Kinsella – Shaw, J. (1994). Modelling Systems with Intentional Dynamics: A Lesson from Quantum Mechanics. In K. Pribram (ed.) Origins: Brain & Self – Organization 53 – 101. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Full Text .pdf file
Shaw, R., Flascher, O. & Kadar, E. (1995). Dimensionless Invariants for Intentional Systems: Measuring the Fit of Vehicular Activities to Environmental Layout. In J. Flach, P. Hancock, J. Caird & K. Vicente Global Perspectives on the Ecology of Human – Machine Systems. Vol. 1 Pages 293 – 357. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Full Text .pdf file
Turvey, M. T. & Shaw,R.E. (1995). Toward an ecological physics and a physical psychology. In R. L. Solso & D. W. Massaro (eds.) The science of the mind: 2001 and beyond. 144-169. New York:  Oxford University Press. Full Text .pdf file
Shaw, R., Flascher, O. & Mace, W. (1996). Dimensions of Event Perception. In W. Prinz & B. Bridgeman Handbook of Perception and Action Vol. 1 Pages 345 – 395. New York: Academic Press. pdf file
Chan, T-C. & Shaw, R. E. (1996). What is Ecological Psychology? Psychologia, 39, 1 – 16. pdf file
Shaw, R. E., Kadar, E. E. & Turvey, M. T. (1997). The job description of the cerebellum and a candidate model of its “tidal wave” function. [commentary on Braitenberg, V., Heck, D. & Sultan, F. “The detection and generation of sequences as a key to cerebellar function: Experiments and theory”] The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 20 265. pdf file
Barab, S., Cherkes – Julkowski, M., Swenson, R., Garrett, S., Shaw, R. E. & Young, M. (1999).Principles of self – organization: Learning as participation in autocatakinetic systems. The Journal of Learning Sciences, 8, 349 – 390. Full Text .pdf file
Kadar, E. & Shaw, R. E. (2000). Toward an Ecological Field Theory of Perceptual Control of Locomotion. Ecological Psychology, 12, 141 – 180. Full Text .pdf
Shaw, R. E. (2001). Processes, Acts, and Experiences: Three Stances on the Problem of Intentionality. Ecological Psychology, 13, 275 – 314. Full Text .pdf
Shaw, R. E. (2002). Theoretical Hubris and the Willingness to be Radical: An Open Letter to James J. Gibson . Ecological Psychology, 14, 235-247. Full Text .pdf
Shaw, R. E. (2002). Intentional Dynamics of Situated Action. Dynamics systems approach for embodiment and sociality. Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Human and Artificial Systems. Fukui University, Japan, December 6 – 7, 77-86. Full Text .pdf
Shaw, R. E. (2003). The Agent-Environment Interface: Simon’s Indirect or Gibson’s Direct Coupling?  Ecological Psychology, 15, 37-106. Full Text .pdf
Shaw, R. E. & Mace, W. M. (2005). The Value of Oriented Geometry for Ecological Psychology and Moving Image Art. In J. D. Anderson & B. F. Anderson Moving Image Theory: Ecological Considerations, pages 28-47. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press. Full Text .pdf
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Flascher, I., Shaw, R. E., Michaels, C. & Flascher, O. (2006). A Primer on the Use of Intentional Dynamics Measures and Methods in Applied Research. Ecological Psychology, 18, 257-281. Full Text .pdf
Shaw, R. E. & Kinsella – Shaw, J. (2007). Could Optical “Pushes” Be Inertial Forces? A Geometro-Dynamical Hypothesis. Ecological Psychology, 19 (3) 305 – 320. Full Text .pdf
Shaw, R. E. & Kinsella – Shaw, J. (2007). The Survival Value of Informed Awareness. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 14 (3) 137-154. Full Text .pdf
Shaw, R. E. (2011). Ecological Realism as a Reaction to New Realism: Holt’s Legacy to Gibson. In E.P. Charles A New Look at New Realism: The Psychology and Philosophy of E. B. Holt New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers. Full Text .docx
Shaw, R. E. & Kinsella-Shaw (2012). Hints of Intelligence from First Principles. Ecological Psychology, 24, 60 – 93. Full Text .pdf
Shaw, R. E. & Kinsella-Shaw (2014). Intentional Quantum Dynamics: Entangling Choices and Goals. International Symposium on Quantum Interaction. pp. 255-270. [Report of 8th International Conference, QI 2014, Filzbach, Switzerland, June 30 — July 3, 2014. Revised Selected Papers. Harald Atmanspacher, Claudia Bergomi, Thomas Filk (Editors). Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer (2015)] Full Text .pdf

 

Other:

  • Founding President, International Society for Ecological Psychology.
  • Editorial Boards:
    • Ecological Psychology
    • Intelligent Systems
  • Co-Editor, Resources for Ecological Psychology (book series).
  • U. S. Coordinator, Albert Einstein Institute for Interdisciplinary Scientific Studies.

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