Agency in behavior settings: A mindshaping perspective on ecological psychology

Miguel Segundo Ortin, Annemarie Kalis

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This chapter focuses on Heft's ecological interpretation of behavior settings, and specifically on the question how to understand individual agency within this framework. We will argue that although Heft's remarks about agency offer promising suggestions, they do not yet provide a full-fledged account of how agency can be understood as being situated in behavior settings. Elaborating on the work of McGeer, we aim to show how the mindshaping view can contribute to an explanation of how behavior settings shape agency, without determining it (thus leaving room for individual freedom). Thus, we propose an outline for a situated theory of agency that combines Gibson's ecological psychology, Barker's eco-behavioral science, and McGeer's mindshaping approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlaces, sociality, and Ecological Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in honor of Harry Heft
EditorsVicente Raja, Miguel Segundo Ortin, Manuel Heras Escribano
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781003259244
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2023


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