A perceptual control revolution?

Warren Mansell, Timothy A. Carey

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William T. Powers' perceptual control theory claims to offer principles applicable to the behaviour of all living things, yet it has received only modest attention from the behavioural sciences. Moreover, the theory describes the architecture required to model purposeful behaviour with mathematical models and robotic systems. How can a single theory be applied to diverse fields such as human performance, robotics, neuroscience, animal behaviour, sociology and mental health? Why does it pose a challenge to existing approaches? Can the search for 'causes' of behaviour across these domains be replaced by a single, universal property of organisms: action as the control of sensory input?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)896-899
Number of pages4
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


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