Ecological psychology is one of the most prominent theories among the anti-representational, embodied, and situated cognitive sciences. This theory aims to offer an explanation of cognition and perception based on affordances and skilful action. It provides an alternative to those approaches based on information-processing, representationalism, and cognitivism.

Despite a long tradition of experimental and conceptual research in perception and action, ecological psychology is still growing and widening its scope, by dialoguing with architecture, design, philosophy and biological sciences.

This interdisciplinary workshop, by bringing together philosophers, cognitive scientists and psychologists, explores new trends and horizons in ecological psychology as

 well as in philosophy, such as:

  • the evolutionary role of affordances and ecological information
  • the ecological approach to sensory substitution
  • the perception of space and landscape
  • the role of social practices in relation to affordances
  • the relationship between ecological psychology and environmental psychology
  • affordances in biology and in philosophy of biology