chapter  12
Perception and action during interceptive tasks: an integrated modelling perspective
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Throughout the course of this book, the reader has had the opportunity to digest a range of chapters on interceptive actions, focused on processes of perception and action, and typically involving psychological modelling, such as cognitive science or ecological psychology. It is the purpose of this chapter to adopt an integrative modelling approach to the study of interceptive actions. By adopting an integrative modelling approach, we hope to place the study of human movements such as interceptive actions within a multi-dimensional framework that may be more insightful than a uni-dimensional, psychological perspective. We present an integrative modelling approach because it is argued that functional, goal-oriented behaviour, exemplified in this book by interceptive actions, cannot be understood completely through kinematic variables or psychophysiological variables alone, for instance. While these measures of human movement behaviour may help to describe motor patterns or perceptual processes in answering specific questions, human beings are not that simple. Integrative modelling, as well as recognising the multi-faceted nature of human behaviour, also adds depth and constraints to psychological theorising (see Keil et al., 2000 for discussion).