Control Theory for Humans

Control Theory for Humans

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This textbook provides a tutorial introduction to behavioral applications of control theory. Control theory describes the information one should be sensitive to and the pattern of influence that one should exert on a dynamic system in order to achieve a goal. As such, it is applicable to various forms of dynamic behavior. The book primarily deals with manual control (e.g., moving the cursor on a computer screen, lifting an object, hitting a ball, driving a car), both as a substantive area of study and as a useful perspective for approaching control theory. It is the experience of the authors that by imagining themselves as part of a manual control system, students are better able to learn numerous concepts in this field. Topics include varieties of control theory, such as classical, optimal, fuzzy, adaptive, and learning control, as well as perception and decision making in dynamic contexts. The authors also discuss implications of control theory for how experiments can be conducted in the behavioral sciences. In each of these areas they have provided brief essays intended to convey key concepts that enable the reader to more easily pursue additional readings. Behavioral scientists teaching control courses will be very interested in this book.The Wright brothersa#39; first aircraft design required very careful studies of the physics of wings and lift. ... Sperrya#39;s solution proved to be the superior solution: a€œ Not only did it form the basis for all subsequent automatic stability systems, it opened an entire range of new possibilities. ... In the design of an electronic control system, this level might be reflected in the detailed wiring diagrams showing how theanbsp;...

Title:Control Theory for Humans
Author:Richard J. Jagacinski, John M. Flach
Publisher:CRC Press - 2003-01-30


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