Advertisement

Evaluation: The Missing Link Between Cognition and Action

  • D. M. MacKay

Abstract

Information engineering has grown out of the need to understand — and to contrive — systems concerned primarily with the determination of form. In processes of communication and control such as printing, telephony or automation, what matters is how the form of one activity or state of affairs determines the form of another, without explicit regard to the energy involved. Questions of energetics — the determination of force by force — are the complementary province of physics. Some physical balance-sheet must apply to any information-engineering transaction; but the information engineer normally takes this for granted, having assured himself that the energy supply is more than adequate for his purposes (and/or having restricted his purposes to respect the limitations imposed by energetic considerations).

Keywords

Conscious Experience Exploratory Movement Evaluative Process Supervisory System Mismatch Signal 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Craik, K.J.W. The nature of explanation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1943.Google Scholar
  2. Dichgans, J., & Bizzi, E. (Eds.) Cerebral control of eye movements and perception of motion in space. Basel: Karger, 1972.Google Scholar
  3. MacKay, D.M. Mindlike behaviour in artefacts. British Journal of the Philosophy of Science, 1951, II, 105–121.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. MacKay, D.M. Operational aspects of some fundamental concepts of human communication. Synthese, 1954, 9, 182–198. Reprinted in MacKay, D.M. Information, mechanism and meaning. Cambridge, MA; MIT Press, 1969.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. MacKay, D.M. Towards an information-flow model of human behaviour. British Journal of Psychology, 1956, 47, 30–43. Reprinted in W. Buckley (Ed.), Modern systems research for the behavioral scientist. Chicago: Aldine, 1968.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. MacKay, D.M. The stabilization of perception during voluntary activity. Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Psychology, (pp. 284–285 ). Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1957.Google Scholar
  7. MacKay, D.M. Perceptual stability of a stroboscopically lit visual field containing selfluminous objects.Nature, 1958,181, 507–508. (a)PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. MacKay, D.M. On the logical indeterminacy of a free choice. Proceedings of the XIIth International Congress of Philosophy, Venice, (Vol. 3, pp. 249–256). Florence: Sansoni, 1958. Reprinted in a expanded version in Mind, 1960, 69, 31–40. (b)Google Scholar
  9. MacKay, D.M. Communication and meaning — A functional approach. In H. Livingston (Ed.), Cross-cultural understanding: epistemology in anthropology, (pp. 162–179 ). New York: Harper & Row, 1964.Google Scholar
  10. MacKay, D.M. Cerebral organization and the conscious control of action. In J.C. Eccles (Ed.), Brain and conscious experience, (pp. 422–445 ). New York: Springer, 1966.Google Scholar
  11. MacKay, D.M. The mechanization of normative behaviour. In L. Thayer (Ed.), Communication theory and research, (pp. 228–245 ). Springfield, IL: Thomas, 1967.Google Scholar
  12. MacKay, D.M. Perception and brain function. In F.O. Schmitt (Ed.), The neurosciences: Second study program, (pp. 303–316). Rockefeller University Press, 1970.Google Scholar
  13. MacKay, D.M. Visual stability and voluntary eye movement. In R. Jung (Ed.), Handbook of sensory physiology, (Vol. 7, Part 3A, pp. 307–331 ). Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer, 1973.Google Scholar
  14. MacKay, D.M. The dynamics of perception. In P.A. Buser & A. Rougeul-Buser (Eds.), Cerebral correlates of conscious experience, (pp. 53 - 68 ). Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1978.Google Scholar
  15. MacKay, D.M. Neural basis of cognitive experience. In G. Szekely, E. Labos, & S. Damjanovich (Eds.), Advances in physiological sciences, (Vol. 30, pp. 315–332 ). Oxford, Budapest: Pergamon and Akademiai Kiado, 1981.Google Scholar
  16. MacKay, D.M., & MacKay, V. Explicit dialogue between left and right half systems of split brains. Nature, 1982, 295, 690–691.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Sperry, R.W. Brain bisection and mechanisms of consciousness. In J.C. Eccles (Ed.), Brain and conscious experience, (pp. 298–313 ). New York: Springer, 1966.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. M. MacKay

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations