Prologue: Historical Approaches to Perception and Action

  • O. Neumann
  • W. Prinz

Abstract

Relationships between perception and action were a prominent theme in the early days of experimental psychology. The theoretical systems that dominated nineteenth-century psychology addressed both fields as well as connections between them. In this sense it may be said that experimental psychology embarked as a science of perception and action. It was only relatively late, and for particular historical reasons, that the two fields separated. This chapter presents a brief review of some stations of this historical development.

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