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Ecological Validity: Mistaking the Lab for Real Life

Ecological Validity: Mistaking the Lab for Real Life

Karen E. Adolph

I have always prided myself on being “ecologically minded.” I endorse the ecological approach of James Gibson (1979) and my graduate advisors, Eleanor Gibson (1988) and Ulric Neisser (1976), and I share their belief that the key to unlocking the mysteries of perception and action lies in the functional relations between animals and their natural environments. In The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception, James Gibson (1979, p. 3) wrote, “It is not true that the laboratory can never be like life. The laboratory must be like life!” Gibson didn’t mean that researchers should only conduct naturalistic studies or try to simulate all the details of reality in the ...

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