The emerging concept of information
Journal/Book: Ecol Psychol. 2000; 12: 10 Industrial Ave, Mahwah, NJ 07430-2262, USA. Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc Inc. 335-343.
Abstract: Rapid progress in the understanding of the perception of spatial layout is credited to J. J. Gibson's (1979) concept of information. Ecological research has focused on the wealth of information based in the continuous change and invariant structures of optic flow, information that can specify events and the stable properties of objects. Recent demonstrations that have shown that instantaneous optic flow not only contains informative structure but also controls perception suggest that previous claims that static displays are necessarily impoverished and ambiguous were exaggerated. Future research efforts should consider the potential of both instantaneous and ongoing optic flow to provide information about the world and even about the dynamics of events.
Note: Article Rogers S, James Madison Univ, Sch Psychol, MSC 7401, Harrisonburg,VA 22807 USA
Keyword(s): VISUAL-PERCEPTION; MOTION PARALLAX; LIFTED WEIGHT; OPTIC FLOW; AFFORDANCES; GUIDANCE