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Affordances in Everyday Life

A Multidisciplinary Collection of Essays

  • Approaches with the purpose to function as a multidisciplinary catalyst

  • Provides an accessible overview to to concept of affordances and application without field-specific jargon

  • Functions as motivation and provocation for new and creative ways to apply the concept to cause significant advances

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. A Personal Introduction

    • Zakaria Djebbara
    Pages 1-9
  3. Ecological and Philosophical View

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11
    2. Affordances for Situating the Embodied Mind in Sociocultural Practice

      • Ivar R. Kolvoort, Erik Rietveld
      Pages 13-22
    3. Affordances and the Logic of the Gift

      • Madeline Donald, Jelle Bruineberg
      Pages 23-31
    4. A Path to Ecological Psychology

      • Anthony Chemero
      Pages 33-38
  4. Ethnographical and Social View

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 39-39
    2. Anthropological Affordances

      • Tim Ingold
      Pages 51-60
  5. Psychological and Spatial View

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 97-97
    2. Affordances for Spatial Navigation

      • Lara Gregorians, Hugo J. Spiers
      Pages 99-112
    3. Merging Affordances and (Abstract) Concepts

      • Anna M. Borghi
      Pages 113-121
    4. Perceptual Space as a Well of Possibilities

      • Sergei Gepshtein
      Pages 123-137
  6. Psychiatric and Embodied View

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 139-139
    2. Affordances and Absence in Psychopathology

      • Joel Krueger
      Pages 141-147
    3. Affordances and 3E Psychopathology

      • Kristopher Nielsen
      Pages 149-156

About this book

The concept of affordances is being increasingly used in fields beyond ecological psychology to reveal previously unexplored interdisciplinary relationships. These fields include engineering, robotics, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, urban theory, architecture, computer science, and much more. As the concept is adapted for its relational meaning between an agent and the environment, or object, the meaning of the term has changed to fit the customs of the adapting field. This book maps the different shades of the term and brings insights into how it is operationalized by providing short accessible essays regardless of background. Each contribution addresses big questions around this topic such as the application of the concept on ongoing research, how to measure or identify affordances, as well as other reflective questions about the future of affordances in the field.

 

The book is envisioned to be read by non-experts, students, and researchers from several disciplines, and fills the need for summarization across disciplines. As the many adaptations flourished from the same psychological concept, this book also aims to function as a catalyst and motivation for reinterpreting the concepts for new directions. Compared to existing books, this book aims not to span the vertical dimension of field by taking a deep dive into a niche-field—instead, this book aims to have a wide horizontal span highlighting a common concept shared by an increasing number of fields, namely affordances. As such, this book takes a different approach by attempting to summarize the different emerging applications and definitions of the concept, and make them accessible to non-experts, students, and researchers regardless of background and level.

Keywords

  • Affordances
  • Ecological Psychology
  • Human Interaction
  • User-Centered Apprach
  • Action
  • Perception
  • Action Selection
  • Exploring Environment
  • Sensorimotor Perceptions
  • Human Behvaior
  • Inviting Design
  • Action Possibilities
  • Active Inference
  • Entropy

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Architecture, Design, Media and Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

    Zakaria Djebbara

About the editor

Zakaria Djebbara, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher who is currently engaged with understanding the relationship between architectural affordances, sensorimotor brain dynamics, and unconscious adaptive skills by an experimental and computational approach. To this end, Dr. Djebbara uses mobile EEG to analyze how architectural affordances are reflected in brain and body dynamics and question how the experience of architectural affordances shapes unconscious adaptive skills. These measures are further applied for computational modelling of experiential phenomena and adaptive behavioural skills.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-031-08629-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)