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Types of Affordance: More Than You Think
Last updated: 22 Jul 2010; 19 Feb 2018
Installed: 22 Jul 2010


Background: J.J. Gibson's achievement

The Somatic/Exosomatic Distinction

Proto-Affordances and Affordances

Other Types of Affordance Relevant to Cognition

For more on the above see
Possibilities (proto-affordances) Between Form and Function
Discussion Paper: Predicting Affordance Changes (Including Video demonstrations)
(Steps towards knowledge-based visual servoing)
Aaron Sloman, Actual Possibilities (Paper from KR'96), Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning:, Proc. 5th Int. Conf. on Knowledge Representation (KR `96), Eds. L.C. Aiello and S.C. Shapiro, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Boston, MA, 1996,

NOTE added 19 Feb 2018
Tom McClelland's work:

Work done on Mental Affordances by Tom McClelland is closely related to the topics mentioned here, including his paper at AISB 2017
McClelland, Tom (2017) AI and affordances for mental action. In: AISB Computing and Philosophy Symposium, Bath, 19-21 April 2017. Published in: Proceedings of the AISB Annual Convention 2017 pp. 372-379.

And these slides for a workshop at Warwick University on 31st Jan 2018

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School of Computer Science
The University of Birmingham