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M. T. TURVEY: 2003-2008

Physics and Psychology of the Muscle Sense (Dynamic Touch)

The sensibility associated with muscles contributes little to the conceptual content of current psychology. In part, it is because losing the muscle sense is neither easily imagined nor easily simulated compared to losing sight, hearing, smell, etc. In part, it is because the perceptual achievements of muscular origin often lack words to describe them and frequently go unnoticed. The research of Turvey and colleagues has disclosed a rich variety of muscle-based perceptual capabilities—relating to held objects, probed objects, and body segments—that seem to be specific to invariant quantifiers of how the mass of an object or limb is distributed. Most recently this enterprise has been extended to biological odometry, how distances are measured by legged locomotion, and place learning, how the environmental layout can be known strictly by mechanical contact. The conceptual and technical issues posed by these varied haptic capabilities provide new test fields for inquiry into the general problems of space perception, action, and selective attention.

Carello, C., Kinsella-Shaw, J., Amazeen, E., & Turvey, M. T. (2006). Peripheral neuropathy and object length perception by effortful (dynamic) touch: A case study. Neuroscience Letters, 405, 159-163.

Hajnal, A., Fonseca, S., Kinsella-Shaw, J., Silva, P., Carello, C., & Turvey, M. T. (2007). Haptic selective attention by foot and by hand. Neuroscience Letters, 419, 5-9.

Carello, C., Silva, P., Kinsella-Shaw, J., & Turvey, M. T. (2008). Muscle based perception: Theory, research and implications for rehabilitation. Revista Brasileira de Fisioterapia (Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy), 12, 339-350.

Wagman, J., Carello, C., Schmidt, R. C., & Turvey, M. T. (2009). Is perceptual learning unimodal? Ecological Psychology, 21, 37-67.

Harrison, S., & Turvey, M. T. (2009). Carried load affects human odometry for travelled distance but not straight-line distance. Neuroscience Letters, 462, 140-143.

Silva, P. L., Harrison, S., Kinsella-Shaw, J., Turvey, M. T., & Carello, C. (2009). Lessons for dynamic touch from a case of stroke-induced motor impairment. Ecological Psychology, 21, 1-17.

Turvey, M. T., Romaniak-Gross, C., Isenhower, R. W., Arzamarski, R., Harrison, S., & Carello, C. (2009). Human odometry is gait-symmetry specific. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276, 4309-4314.

Wagman, J., Carello, C., Schmidt, R. C., & Turvey, M. T. (2009). Is perceptual learning unimodal? Ecological Psychology, 21, 37-67.

Blau, J., Stephen, D., Carello, C., & Turvey, M. T. (2009). Prism adaptation of underhand throwing: Rotational inertia and the primary and latent aftereffects. Neuroscience Letters, 456, 54-58.

Harrison, S., & Turvey, M. T. (2010). Place learning by mechanical contact. Journal of Experimental Biology, 213, 1436-1442.

Arzamarski, R., Isenhower, R., Kay, B., Turvey, M. T., & Michaels, C. F. (2010). Effects of intention and learning on attention to information in dynamic touch. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 78, 721-735.

Silva, P. L., Fonseca, S., & Turvey, M. T. (in press). Is tensegrity the functional architecture of the equilibrium point hypothesis? Motor Control

Palatinus, Z., Carello, C., & Turvey, M. T. (in press). Principles of part-whole selective perception by dynamic touch extend to the body. Journal of Motor Behavior.

Phonological Basis of Visual Word Recognition

Turvey and colleagues have been pursuing what Al Liberman referred to as “the seemingly sensible strategy for the reader,” namely, to use the optical shapes to access phonological structures early in the reading pro­cess. The reason being that once the reader has done that, he has put the hard part of reading behind him “for every­thing else will be done automatically by language processes that he commands by virtue of his hu­manity.” The significance of phonology to the reading process has often been downplayed under the assumption that reading is fundamentally a visual process. The work of Turvey and colleagues prior to 1998 provided important demonstrations, using highly sensitive, fast time-scale masking procedures, that phonology plays a leading not subsidiary role in visual word recognition. A summary of that 25 year long enterprise was published as a 1998 Science Watch article in American Psychologist. In recent years the research has graduated from the question of “What is the time scale of phonological mediation?” to “What is the form of the mediating phonology?” The gathering results are suggesting that the answer may be “gestural phonology.”

Gallantucci, B., Fowler, C., & Turvey, M. T. (2006). The motor theory of speech perception reviewed. Pyschonomics Bulletin and Review, 13, 361-377.

Lee, Y., Moreno. M., Park, H., Carello, C., & Turvey (2006). Phonological assimilation and visual word recognition. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 35, 513-530.

Lukatela, G., Eaton, T., Moreno, M., & Turvey, M. T. (2007). Equivalent inter- and intra-modality long-term priming: Evidence for a common lexicon for words seen and words heard. Memory & Cognition, 35, 781-800.

Holden, J., Van Orden, G., & Turvey, M. T. (2009). Dispersion of response times reveals cognitive dynamics. Psychological Review, 116, 318-342.

Dynamics and Symmetries of Movement Coordination

Turvey and colleagues pioneered the dynamics/self-organizing approach to coordination in the late 1970s and early 1980s. That approach now has a strong foothold in the sciences of movement. The research effort in the past 5 years has been aimed at (a) expanding the nonlinear tools for investigating coordination patterns especially in respect to quantifying attractors, their strength, and associated noise, (b) examining the relation between parallel cognitive activity and coordination dynamics, (c) pursuing invariants /symmetries that apply “globally” to the coordination regardless of local neuromuscular/biomechanical conditions, and (d) extending the lessons of interlimb coordination to postural control.

Pellecchia, G., Shockley, K., & Turvey, M. T. (2005). Concurrent cognitive task modulates coordination dynamics. Cognitive Science, 29, 531-557.

Shockley, K., & Turvey, M. T. (2005). Encoding and retrieval during bimanual rhythmic coordination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Language, 31, 980-990.

Kudo, K., Park, H., Kay, B., & Turvey, M. T. (2006). Environmental coupling modulates the attractors of rhythmic coordination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 32, 599-609.

Shockley, K., & Turvey, M. T. (2006). Dual-task influences on retrieval from semantic memory and coordination dynamics. Psychonomics Bulletin and Review, 13, 985-900.

Kinsella-Shaw, J., Harrison, S., Colon-Semenza, C., & Turvey, M. T. (2006). Effects of the visual environment on quiet standing by young and old adults. Journal of Motor Behavior, 38, 251-264.

Turvey, M. T. (2007). Action and perception at the level of synergies. Human Movement Science, 26, 657-697.

Silva, P., Moreno, M., Mancini, M., Fonseca, S., & Turvey, M. T. (2007). Steady-state stress at one hand magnifies the amplitude, stiffness, and non-linearity of oscillatory behavior at the other hand. Neuroscience Letters. 429, 64-68.

Park, H., & Turvey, M. T. (2008). Imperfect symmetry and the elementary coordination law. In A. Fuchs, V.K. Jirsa (Eds.), Coordination: Neural, Behavioral and Social Dynamics (pp. 3-25). Berlin: Springer.

Turvey, M. T., & Fonseca, S. (2009). Nature of motor control: Perspectives and issues. In D. Sternad (Ed.) Progress in motor control: A multidisciplinary perspective (pp. 93-123). New York: Springer Verlag.

Turvey, M. T. (2009). Nature of motor control: Not strictly “motor”, not quite “control”. In D. Sternad (Ed.) Progress in motor control: A multidisciplinary perspective (pp. 3-6). New York: Springer Verlag.

Bonnet, C., Carello, C., & Turvey, M. T. (2009). Diabetes and postural stability: Review and hypotheses. Journal of Motor Behavior, 41, 172-190.

Bonnet, C., Kinsella-Shaw, J., Frank, T., Bubela, D., Harrison, S., & Turvey, M. T. (2010). Deterministic and stochastic postural processes: Effects of task, environment, and age. Journal of Motor Behavior, 42, 85-96.

Frank, T., Dotov, D., & Turvey, M. T. (in press, 2010). A canonical-dissipative approach to control and coordination in the complex system Agent-Task-Environment. In F. Danion and M. Latash (Eds.), Progress in motor control

Theory: Ecological Approach and Self-Organization

Turvey has continued his efforts at theory development in respect to Gibson’s ecological approach and self-organization as the theory constitutive metaphor for embodied, embedded cognition. The major achievements of the past 5 years include extending the enterprise to standard information-processing phenomena, exploring the logic of impredicative definitions for systems that ‘assemble themselves’, and examining quantum formalism as a tool for explication of the affordance concept.

Van Orden, G., Holden, J., & Turvey, M. T. (2005). Human cognition and 1/f scaling. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 134, 117-123.

Carello, C., & Turvey, M. T. (2005). Symmetry and duality. Ecological Psychology, 17, 131-133.

Turvey, M. T. (2005). Theory of Brain and Behavior in the 21st Century: No Ghost, No Machine. Japanese Journal of Ecological Psychology, 2, 69-79.

Turvey, M. T., & Moreno, M. (2006). Physical metaphors for the mental lexicon. The Mental Lexicon, 1, 7-33.

Chemero, A., & Turvey, M. T. (2007). Complexity, hypersets, and the ecological approach to perception-action. Biological Theory, 2, 23-36.

Chemero, A., & Turvey, M. T. (2007). Autonomy and hypersets. Biosystems.

Chemero, A., & Turvey, M. T. (2007). Gibsonian affordances for roboticists. Adaptive Behavior, 15, 473-480.

Rhodes, T. & Turvey, M. T. (2007). Human memory retrieval as Lévy foraging. Physica A, 385, 255-260.

Stepp. N., & Turvey, M. T. (2008). Anticipating synchronization as an alternative to the internal model. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, 216-217.

Stephen, D. G., Stepp, N., Dixon, J. A., & Turvey, M. T. (2008). Strong anticipation: Sensitivity to long-range correlations in synchronization behavior. Physica A, 387, 5271-5278

Richardson, M. J., Shockley, K., Riley, M. R., Fajen, B. R., & Turvey, M. T. (2008). Ecological psychology: Six principles for an embodied-embedded approach to behavior. In P. Calvo & T. Gomila (Eds.), Elsevier handbook of new directions in cognitive science (Section I. The embodied architecture of cognition: Conceptual issues) (pp. 161-190).

Turvey M. T. (2008). Philosophical issues in self-organization as a framework for ecological psychology: Introduction. Ecological Psychology, 20, 240-243.

Richardson, M. J., Shockley, K., Riley, M. R., Fajen, B. R., & Turvey, M. T. (2008). Ecological psychology: Six principles for an embodied-embedded approach to behavior. In P. Calvo & T. Gomila (Eds.), Elsevier handbook of new directions in cognitive science (Section I. The embodied architecture of cognition: Conceptual issues) (pp. 161-190).

Fajen, B., Riley, M. R., & Turvey, M. T. (2008). Information, affordances and control of action in sports. International Journal of Sports Psychology.

Riley, M. R., Fajen, B., & Turvey, M. T. (2009). Reply to commentaries on “Information, affordances and control of action in sports”. International Journal of Sports Psychology, 40, 207-218.

Frank, T., Blau, J., & Turvey, M. T. (2009). Nonlinear attractor dynamics in the fundamental and extended prism adaptation paradigm. Physics Letters A, 373, 1022-1030.

Frank, T., Richardson, M., Lopresti-Goodman, S., & Turvey, M. T. (2009). Order parameter dynamics of body-scaled hysteresis and mode transitions in grasping behavior. Journal of Biological Physics, 35, 127–147

Turvey, M. T. (2009). On the notion and implications of organism-environment system: Introduction. Ecological Psychology, 21, 93-111.

Moreno, M., & Turvey, M. T. (2010). Self-organizing systems. In P. Hogan (Ed.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Chemero, A. & Turvey, M. T. (2010). Is life computable? In J. Queiroz, J. & A. Loula (Eds.), Advances in modeling adaptive and cognitive systems (pp. 29-37). Feira de Santana, Brazil: Editora UEFS Springer

Rhodes, T., & Turvey, M. T. (2010). Self-organization of movements. In W. Jantzen (Ed.), Behinderung, Bildung, Partizipation (Disability, education and participation),Vol. 9: Sinne, Körper und Bewegung (Senses, body and movement). Stuttgart, Germany: Kohlhammer-Verlag.

Petrusz, S., & Turvey, M. T. (2010). On the distinctive features of ecological laws. Ecological Psychology, 22, 24-43.

Schultz, A. P., Zou, Y., Marawan, N., Turvey, M. T. (in press, 2010). Local minima-based recurrence plots for continuous dynamical systems. International Journal for Bifurcation and Chaos.

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