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In regards to such behavior, humans are no exception. They also demonstrate tight perception-action coupling that does not require any pondering and noticeable process of reconstruction. When chased by a grizzly bear, we do perceive without much cogitation and potentially deadly reconstruction that a particular tree affords climbing, therefore safety. Nevertheless, what might be specific to humans is their ability to ponder what did happen, why did it happen, and what will eventually happen next, in addition to respond adaptively to immediate environmental situations, detecting affordances like birds, squirrels, or any other animals do.

What is on my mind is eminently representational and reconstructive in nature: laying down meaningful ideas that represent, in my own mind and because I am a psychologist interested in these questions, what is happening when we perceive and do things in the world. Most of our activities in the environment entail both tight perception-action coupling and larger goals that are represented. A baseball example should convince anyone who shares Neisser's passion for the sport. It is not unusual to witness a runner moving swiftly toward first and second base while checking if the ball he just hit will make it above the fence to transform the hit into a homer.

This observation is not reported in newborns and points to a qualitative change in the imitative ability of the infant that appears to become more differentiated and objectified. If by the second month infants show a marked increase in their propensity to engage with objects outside of their own bodily sphere, they do not lose track of themselves and their own body effectivities in the world. , feeding or oral contacts). For example, Lewis, Sullivan, & Brooks-Gunn (1985) attached to one wrist of 2-month-olds a cord connected to a music box that triggered interesting sounds and sights when pulled.

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