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Human Behavior through Control Theory Glasses

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The talk was an introduction to the basics of William T. Powers's perceptual control theory (PCT) model of purposeful behavior. I used animated graphics to show what is meant by the title of Powers's book describing PCT, Behavior: The Control of Perception. The animation uses an example of a simple behaviorâ–”taking a sip of tea--to show how purposeful behavior works and what it looks like from the perspective of an observer as well as from that of the behaving system itself. What the animation shows is that behavior is a process of making one's perceptions match specifications for what those perceptions should be. I ended the talk by showing how behavior far more complex than sipping tea can be explained by the complete PCT model, which is made up of a hierarchy of control systems that are controlling perceptions of increasing complexity. University of British Columbia. The talk was an introduction to the basics of William T. Powers's perceptual control theory (PCT) model of purposeful behavior. I used animated graphics to show what is meant by the title of Powers's book describing PCT, Behavior: The Control of Perception. The animation uses an example of a simple behaviour--taking a sip of tea--to show how purposeful behavior works and what it looks like from the perspective of an observer as well as from that of the behaving system itself. What the animation shows is that behavior is a process of making one's perceptions match specifications for what those perceptions should be. I ended the talk by showing how behavior far more complex than sipping tea can be explained by the complete PCT model, which is made up of a hierarchy of control systems that are controlling perceptions of increasing complexity.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Antioch University, Los Angeles. ., Email: [email protected]

Publication date: January 1, 2020

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