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George E. Carvell, PhD, PT   University of Pittsburgh
 
ACTION-PERCEPTION CYCLE
Arbib, Action-Perception Cycle Fig. 3 p.1459 (adapted from U. Neisser, Cognition and Reality: Principles and Implications of Cognitive Psychology, San Francisco: Freeman, 1976)
The Action-Perception Cycle hypothesizes that what we experience is related to our ability to seek and comprehend information about our world. This is not seen as a one time process but an evolution of sampling, modification, and directing ourselves to gather further information. One supposes that the cycle results in learning that allows for increased sophistication in our perceptions/actions as our “schema” of the environment and the cognitive “map” of the world grow and mature over our life cycle.
Sensory is sensory and motor is motor and nary the two shall meet except, perhaps, in the psychologist’s mind.
Is this a self-organizing structure or an information-
driven
sequencing
of events?
M.A. Arbib, Perceptual Structures and Distributed Motor Control IN: IN: Handbook of Physiology, The Nervous System Vol. II  Motor Control Part 1. V.B. Brooks, (Sect. ed.), Bethesda, MD: Am. Physiol. Soc., Chapter 33, 1449-1480,
1981.