The Interdisciplinary Handbook of Perceptual Control Theory brings together the latest research, theory, and applications from W. T. Powers' Perceptual Control Theory (PCT) that proposes that the behavior of a living organism lies in the control of perceived aspects of both itself and its environment. Sections cover theory, the application of PCT to a broad range of disciplines, why perceptual control is fundamental to understanding human nature, a new way to do research on brain processes and behavior, how the role of natural selection in behavior can be demystified, how engineers can emulate human purposeful behavior in robots, and much more.
Each chapter includes an author biography to set the context of their work within the development of PCT.
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Why do we need perceptual control theory?
1. The world according to PCT
2. Understanding purposeful systems: the application
of control theory in engineering and psychology
3. The crisis in neuroscience
4. When causation does not imply correlation: robust
violations of the faithfulness axiom
Models of brain and behavior
5. Unraveling the dynamics of dyadic interactions:
perceptual control in animal contests
6. How the brain gets a roaring campfire: Structuring
for Perceptual Results
7. How the brain gets a roaring campfire: input and
8. The phylogeny, ontogeny, causation and function of
regression periods explained by reorganizations of the
hierarchy of perceptual control systems
Collective control and communication
9. Social structure and control: perceptual control theory
and the science of sociology
10. Perceptual control in cooperative interaction
11. Language and thought as control of perception
12. Perceptions of control theory in
industrial-organizational psychology: disturbances
13. Method of Levels Therapy
14. Robotics in the real world: the perceptual control
15. PCT and beyond: toward a computational framework
for 'intelligent' communicative systems
16. Ten vital elements of perceptual control theory,
tracing the pathway from implicit influence to
Dr. Mansell has written over sixty interdisciplinary publications on perceptual control theory, has convened three international conferences on PCT, and hosts a website pctweb.org that has received over 35,000 views since its inception in 2009. His work on PCT has appeared on UK national television, in science museums, and online newspaper and magazine articles. He has authored and edited various books, including: Coping with Fears and Phobias (2007), A Transdiagnostic Approach to CBT using Method of Levels Therapy (2012), Principles-Based Counselling and Psychotherapy (2015), Oxford Guide to Metaphors in CBT (2010), and The Bluffer's Guide to Psychology (2006).