The Mode Vogue

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 377–378. Reviews the book, Modes of Perceiving and Processing Information: A Volume Based on Conferences Sponsored by the Committee on Cognitive Research of the Social Science Research Council edited by Herbert L. Pick, Jr., and Elliot Saltzman (see record 1979-07659-000). Mode is the new concept. Its definition and utility are examined by the editors and 14 contributors, who represent diverse lines of inquiry in perception and cognition. Characteristics of the mode concept are elaborated as each contributor reviews his or her specific research interests which are presented in this book. Perception of three-dimensional space as it is artificially represented in two-dimensional static displays is area of interest for one of the paper. Another paper focuses on the ways a developing child comes to understand meaning. In a wide-ranging chapter that touches on embryology, infant development, and clinical neurology, author finds a number of distinctions, or at least perturbations, of process that seem to fit the mode concept. The individual chapters are well-written, authoritative accounts by leading investigators. They provide good summaries of recent developments in many of the areas subsumed under the rubric of cognition and perception. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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