Note:  Address for correspondence: Jeffrey B. Wagman, Department of Psychology, Illinois State University, Campus Box 4620, Normal, IL 61790-4620, Fax: (309) 438-5789. Email: [email protected]
Abstract: Gottlieb's (1991/2007) study on social malleability of ducking response to maternal calls is perhaps a paradigmatic example of research within the transactional approach to behavioral development—an approach which has fundamental links with the ecological approach to perception-action (Gibson, 1979). This commentary fleshes out these links especially as they relate to the social nature of the organism-environment system and social influences on perception-action and development.
Keywords: transactionalism, ecological psychology, perception-action, organism-environment system, social influences