© 1987

The Organization of Perception and Action

A Theory for Language and Other Cognitive Skills


Part of the Cognitive Science Series book series (COGNITIVE SCIEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Donald G. MacKay
    Pages 1-13
  3. Donald G. MacKay
    Pages 15-38
  4. Donald G. MacKay
    Pages 39-61
  5. Donald G. MacKay
    Pages 90-110
  6. Donald G. MacKay
    Pages 111-125
  7. Donald G. MacKay
    Pages 126-140
  8. Donald G. MacKay
    Pages 141-164
  9. Donald G. MacKay
    Pages 178-193
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 194-233

About this book


Do perception and action share some of the same cognitive structures? What is the relationship between cognitive processes for sequencing, timing, and error detection in perception and action? Such issues form the basis for this fresh and absorbing study of the perception and production of language and other cognitive skills such as chess and piano playing. The Organization of Perception and Action provides a coherent and innovative synthesis of available data, challenges classical theories, and offers new insights into relations between language, thought, and action. Its broad, interdisciplinary approach and wealth of detailed examples extend from the motor control of typing to the role of attention in perception and action and the flexibility of conscious vs. unconscious processes. Not only researchers, but anyone with a general interest in the cognitive and brain sciences will find in this book new and interesting insights into topics long considered fundamental to psychology and related disciplines.


Action Perception attention control language

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Organization of Perception and Action
  • Book Subtitle A Theory for Language and Other Cognitive Skills
  • Authors Donald G. MacKay
  • Series Title Cognitive Science Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-387-96509-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-4754-8
  • Series ISSN 1431-1887
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 234
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cognitive Psychology
    Artificial Intelligence
    Animal Physiology
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