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AISB miscellaneous Bulletin Item

New edited collection, "Modelling Natural Action Selection", 2011, Cambridge UP

We are delighted to announce publication of a major new edited collection, Modelling Natural Action
Selection, published by Cambridge University Press on 10 November 2011 in the UK and Europe with 
USA release to follow shortly.  The book is edited by Anil Seth, Tony Prescott, and Joanna Bryson.

Action selection is the task of doing the right thing at the right time. It requires the assessment
of available alternatives, executing those most appropriate, and resolving conflicts among competing
goals and possibilities. Using advanced computational modelling, this book explores cutting-edge 
research into action selection in nature from a wide range of disciplines, from neuroscience to 
behavioural ecology, and even political science. It delivers new insights into both detailed and 
systems-level attributes of natural intelligence and demonstrates advances in methodological 
practice. Contributions from leading researchers cover issues including whether biological action 
selection is optimal, neural substrates for action selection in the vertebrate brain, perceptual 
selection in decision making, and interactions between group and individual action selection. This 
first integrated review of action selection in nature contains a balance of review and original 
research material, consolidating current knowledge into a valuable reference for researchers while 
illustrating potential paths for future studies.

Contributors:  Peter M. Todd, Anil K. Seth, Joanna J. Bryson, Tony J. Prescott, Alasdair I. Houston,
John M. McNamara, Mark D. Steer, Frederick L. Crabbe, Rafal Bogacz, Marius Usher, Jiaxiang Zhang, 
James L. McClelland, Max Berniker, Kunlin Wei, Konrad Kording, Eddy J. Davelaar, James C. Houk, 
Paul Cisek, Thomas E. Hazy, Michael J. Frank, Randall C. O'Reilly, Matthew M. Botvinick, Yael Niv,
Andrew Barto, Mark D. Humphries, Kevin N. Gurney, Anouk Scheres, Scott J. Sherman, Tom Stafford, 
Jonathan M. Chambers, Yasushi Ando, Hagen Lehmann, Russell A. Hill, Brian S. Logan, William I. 
Sellers, Julian Zappala, Michael Laver, Ernest Sergenti, Michel Schilperoord, James A. R. Marshall,
Anna Dornhaus, Robert Planqu, Tim Kovacs, Nigel R. Franks, Sean A. Rands, Richard A. Pettifor, 
J. Marcus Rowcliffe, Guy Cowlishaw

Plesae visit for more information and to order.  The book is also 
available from Amazon as hardcopy and in Kindle form. 

Anil Seth, University of Sussex
Tony Prescott, University of Sheffield
Joanna Bryson, University of Bath