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Friday, October 19, 2012

Perception-action Publishing Opportunity

Greetings noble readers!
As you surely know, the International Conference on Perception and Action is in Lisbon, Portugal, July of next year. That's the big conference that happens every other year, bringing together an international group of researchers interested in understanding motor control, intentional dynamics, perception-action linkages, affordances and affordance-based-control, as well as other topics, empirical and theoretical, that fit under the perception-action or ecological psychology umbrellas. For every conference, a book is published based on the presented posters. Last year's conference, in Brazil, generate Studies in Perception and Action XI, edited by Jay Smart and myself. The president of ISEP, Bill Mace, has asked if I would be willing to work on the book for the Lisbon conference. It would be the first time they have ever had an experienced editor working on the project (probably a good idea in general).

I told Bill I would be happy to lead a team, but wasn't interested in doing the project solo. Then... after some contemplation... I thought it would be good to reach out to this network. We are looking for one, or preferably a few, people willing to sign on with me. I think a three or four person team would be ideal to spread out the work, while not putting too many cooks in the kitchen. This is an excellent opportunity for very senior graduate students, post-docs, new professors - for whom this could act as a career advancement - or anyone more senior who was feeling noble-minded - for whom this would be an admirable act of service. You will get exposed to a vast range of research, interact with several senior members of the field, and establish yourself as a contributing member of the profession.

Obviously, I can't make any promises on who will ultimately be put on the project, but if you would be willing to help out, and would like to be considered, please drop me a line. A call for papers and posters will likely go out soon. There will be an early May deadline for getting the finished product to the publisher. So most of the work will happen in bits and spurts between January and May.

Many thanks,


P.S. And of course, this is also a publishing opportunity for those who attend, as all presented posters also become (very brief) book chapters.


  1. Hi Eric,

    I would definitely be interested in helping out but it's probably relevant to point out that my area of training is more in behavioral psychology rather than ecological psychology and I've never helped out with a book before so I'd probably need a bit of hand-holding to guide me through aspects of the work that might be considered obvious or straight-forward to others.

    No problem if more suitable candidates put themselves forward and you have to overlook me, but if you need someone who is willing to do the jobs that no one else wants to do, then let me know. I can be contacted on my blog email if you need: thelastbehaviorist@gmail.com.


  2. Hi Eric,

    I would be happy to put myself forward to help you on this project. I'm afraid I do not have any editing experience, but I have done some conference and journal reviewing before. Also, I have not attended ICPA previously, but I presented at the last three EWEP meetings, including organising a symposium for this year's workshop, so I have a decent familiarity with things ecological and perception-action-y.

    No worries if you have found other people for the task, or need someone more experienced/senior. If you are interested, send me an email to m.rodger@qub.ac.uk, and we can discuss things from there.

    All the best,

    Matthew Rodger

  3. Thanks guys, I have passed along your info. There seems to be a group of editors forming around some people from Cincinnati. I will pass along your info. However it works out with the poster book, it would be cool to see you in Lisbon.

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