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Affordances in psychology, neuroscience and robotics: a survey
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IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems
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The concept of affordances appeared in psychology during the late 60’s as an alternative perspective on the visual perception of the environment. It was revolutionary in the intuition that the way living beings perceive the world is deeply influenced by the actions they are able to perform. Then, across the last 40 years, it has influenced many applied fields: e.g. design, human-computer interaction, computer vision, robotics. In this paper we offer a multidisciplinary perspective on the notion of affordances: we first discuss the main definitions and formalizations of the affordance theory, then we report the most significant evidence in psychology and neuroscience that support it, and finally we review the most relevant applications of this concept in robotics.
AuthorsJamone, L; Ugur, E; Cangelosi, A; Fadiga, L; Bernardino, A; Piater, J; Santos-Victor, J
- Centre for Psychiatry