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The Third European Workshop on Ecological Psychology: The Keynote Lectures

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I briefly trace the topics presented in the 4 symposium papers in a cyclic order. Sheena Rogers' (this issue) paper discussing an example of J. J. Gibson's sense of 'in-formation' (the horizon ratio) and Eleanor J. Gibson's (this issue) paper discussing affordance learning bring together the 2 core concepts of ecological psychology (in-formation and affordance). Robert Lickliter (this issue) and Gene C. Goldfield (this issue), along with E. J. Gibson, discuss skill development in context utilizing com-parative psychology and human infant research. For the recent history that holds these topics together, the early contributions of E. B. Holt and J. J. Gibson are emphasized. As stated in the introduction by Rogers (this issue), the purpose of assembling these short reviews of empirical research was to illustrate the breadth and growth of the field of ecological psychology. Ed Reed organized the symposium but died before it was held (Mace, 1997). Sheena Rogers carried on with the plans so that the sympo-sium could be held at the 1997 meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association and then the papers printed here in revised form. To further illustrate the emergence of ecological psychology, I cite some note-worthy collections of articles presented in this journal. These include sets on (a) er-gonomics or human factors psychology, organized by John Flach (1990); (b) comparative psychology, introduced by Owings and Coss (1991); (c) situating ac-tion (Costall & Leudar, 1996); (d) a diverse set from the third European workshop on ecological psychology (Guski & Heine, 1995); and (e) the special issue on visu-ally controlled locomotion (Warren, 1998).
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