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Knowing Hands
The Cognitive Psychology of Manual Control

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  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107094727

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  • Whenever you get dressed, carry objects, write, draw, or gesture, you express knowledge about how to get things done with your hands. Ironically, that knowledge is often difficult to express. Typically you can't say what you know. Still, it would be enormously useful to identify the knowledge underlying manual control. The design of equipment and transportation systems might better anticipate the abilities and limitations of users, and methods of teaching and rehabilitating skills might improve. This book, the first on the cognitive psychology of manual control, uncovers the hidden knowledge that hands express. Organized around key topics in this emerging area, including the role of the will in manual control, illusions concerning hand position sense, and the coordination of manual actions with others, Knowing Hands explains the planning and control of manual actions in everyday life.

    • Shows how preparation for physical action actually works, so cognitive psychologists interested in embodiment will be interested in the book
    • Provides the first cognitive-psychological account of the means by which the hands use tools, gesture and receive tactile information
    • There have been many groundbreaking advances in the field, and this book brings them together in one place
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Rosenbaum's argument that hand actions reflect tremendous knowledge is both compelling and important. Moreover, there may be no person better suited in either expertise or style to write such a book. It is clear, accessible, and often quite amusing. It reads as if it were being narrated with great enthusiasm.' Jeffrey B. Wagman, Illinois State University

    'What does the brain do? As noted in 1899, the brain controls action. Rosenbaum has elucidated this important idea through the study of manual control. The hands are a great window into the brain. Rosenbaum is a great storyteller, writer and cognitive scientist, par excellence. The book will serve as a great resource for the student and professor.' Howard N. Zelaznik, Purdue University, Indiana

    'I recommend Knowing Hands for those interested in the psychology of manual control or in more broad areas of cognition. It is a well-organized, easily comprehended, and fun read.' Christopher A. Was, PsychCRITICS

    'Rosenbaum's Knowing Hands provides a first-of-its-kind overview of the cognitive psychology of the planning and control of daily manual actions with hands … for those students and faculty who are interested in cognitive psychology, perception, artificial intelligence, and clinical Neuroscience.' CHOICE

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107094727
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 159 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introducing hands
    2. Building hands
    3. Energizing hands
    4. Willing hands
    5. Seeing hands
    6. Hearing hands
    7. Feeling hands
    8. Joining hands
    9. Extending hands

  • Author

    David A. Rosenbaum, University of California, Riverside
    David A. Rosenbaum is a cognitive psychologist whose main interests are human perception and performance. He attended Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania and Stanford University, California, where he received his PhD. He worked at Bell Laboratories, Hampshire College, Amhert, Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Pennsylvania State University. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Rosenbaum was the Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance and a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

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