Claudia Carello

Degree: Ph.D., 1981, University of Connecticut
Research Interests: The ecological approach to perception and action
Research Synopsis: Perception refers to the capacity of organisms, including humans, to be aware of their surroundings. The ecological approach to perception refers to a particular conceptualization of how that capacity works. Two central tenets distinguish this approach from the more orthodox tradition and earn the epithet ecological. First, perception is an achievement of organism-environment systems, not simply animals (or their brains). Second, perception’s raison d’être is guiding activity, so a theory of perception cannot be indifferent to the actions that an organism performs. One implication of this inherently non-algorithmic approach is that end-directed behaviors ought to be manifest by organisms without nervous systems.
Courses: Ecological Foundations of Psychology (team taught with other professors emeriti)
Recent publications:
Publications since 2010, indexed on Google Scholar
Representative Publications:
  1. Carello, C., & Turvey, M. T. (2015). Dynamic (effortful) touch. Scholarpedia.


  1. Carello, C., Vaz, D., Blau, J. J. C., & Petrusz, S. C. (2012). Unnerving intelligence. Ecological Psychology, 24, 241-264.


  1. Fultot, M., Nie, L., & Carello, C. (2016). Perception-action mutuality obviates mental construction. Constructivist Foundations, 11, 298-307.


  1. Turvey, M. T., & Carello, C. (2012). On intelligence from first principles: guidelines for inquiry into the hypothesis of physical intelligence (PI), Ecological Psychology, 24, 3-32.