My most exciting eco-psych related project is an attempt to create a textbook for the field. Following my announcement of the project at ICPA in Ouro Preto, Brazil, over twenty people have volunteered to be part of this project. The goal is to create massively-multiauthored textbook that could be used both for a specialized class on Ecological Psychology and in a general class on Perception and Action. This is likely a 4-5 year project, and we are still looking for more people to create draft content and to edit content in the later stages. If you are interested in working on this, please contact me.
collaborating with Lee
Rudolph and others on a project attempting to
model emotional movement in displays resembling the
classic Heider-Simmel task. Two geometric objects move
around, and if they move correctly, then people
experience them as emotional entities (e.g. 'that
triangle is angry' and 'that circle is scared'). Our
preliminary results are very encouraging and have been
presented in poster form at a few meetings, but we
have had remarkable trouble getting funded. It is a
familiar sob story, we always get at least one
reviewer who says we have the greatest things since
sliced bread, and at least one who thinks we are
incoherent. We'll keep trying for funding, and keep
doing the research, but the project is in slow-motion
unless we can figure the grant-scene out better.
also an ongoing discussion in Integrative
Psychological and Behavioral Sciences about
the potential for Ecological Psychology to make a deep
contribution to social psychology. This grew out of an
article I wrote that listed many potential ways in
which E. B. Holt's New Realism could be relevant to
I am finishing up a series of papers from my
post-doctoral work on looking as an active, functional
behavior. This was developmental research, with human
infants, and I had several interesting idea for
further work along these lines. At some point I hope
to get back to this work lab-space gods or generous
Charles, E. P. (Submitted). Verifying the social function of young infant looking in parent infant interaction. British Journal of Developmental Psychology
Charles, E. P. (In press – September Issue 2011). Seeing Minds in Behavior: Descriptive Mentalism. Review of General Psychology.
Charles, E. P. (2011). Ecological psychology and social psychology: Continuing Discussion. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Sciences, ‘Online First’ publication available
Charles, E. P., & Sommer, B. Ecological Psychology. (In press). In, V. S. Ramachandran (Ed), Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd edition. Maryland Heights MO: Elsevier
Charles, E. P. (2011). Introduction. In E. P. Charles (Ed.) A New Look at New Realism: The Psychology and Philosophy of E. B. Holt (pp. xxxi-lviii). Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
Charles, E. P., & Smart, L. J. (2011). Studies in Perception and Action XI. New York: Psychology Press (a subsidy of Taylor & Francis).
Charles, E. P., Singer, M. E., & Rudolph, L. (2011) Higher-order invariants underlying the perception of emotion in Heider-Simmel tasks: A preliminary report. In E. P. Charles, & L. J. Smart (Eds.), Studies in Perception and Action XI (pp. 2-7). New York: Psychology Press
Charles, E. P. (2011). Ecological psychology and social psychology: It is Holt or nothing! Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Sciences, 45, 132-153.
Charles, E. P., & Rivera, S. M. (2009). Object permanence and method of disappearance: Exploring the contradiction between looking and searching measures of object permanence. Developmental Science, 12, 991-1006.
Charles, E. P. (2009). The (Old) New Realism: What Holt has to offer for Ecological Psychology. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 43, 53-66.
Charles, E. P. (2008). Ecological psychology’s struggle to study perception at the appropriate level of analysis: Examining the past, guessing the future. In J. Clegg (Ed.), The Observation of Human Systems: Lessons from the History of Anti-Reductionistic Empirical Psychology. Piscataway, NJ: Transactions Publishers.
Charles, E. P. (2004). Dualities hidden influences in models of the mind. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27, 400-401.
Coss, R. G., & Charles, E. P. (2004). The role of evolutionary hypotheses in psychological research: Instincts, affordances, and relic sex differences. Ecological Psychology, 16, 199-236.