Selected publications


Heft,H. (2012).   The foundations of ecological psychology. In  S. Clayton(Ed.), Handbook of Environmental andConservation Psychology (pp. 1-40). New York: Oxford University Press.

Heft,H. (2012).  Way-finding, navigation, and spatial cognition from a naturalist’s standpoint.  In D. Waller & L. Nadel (Eds.). The handbook of spatial cognition (pp.265-294). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Heft,H. (2011).  E.B. Holt’s concept of therecession of the stimulus and the emergence of the “situation” in psychology.  In Charles, E. P. (Ed.)  A new look at new realism: E. B. Holtreconsidered (pp. 191-219). Piscataway, NJ. Transactions Publishing    


Heft,H. (2010).  Affordances and the perception of landscape: An inquiry into environmental perception andaesthetics.  In C.W. Thompson, P.Aspinall, & S. Bell (Eds.), Innovative approaches to researching landscape and health (pp. 9-32).  London:  Routledge.


Heft,H. & Chawla, L. (2006). Children as Agents inSustainable Development: Conditions for Competence. In M. Blades &C. Spencer (Eds.), Children and Their Environments (pp. 199-216). Cambridge, UK:Cambridge University Press.


Heft,H. (1999). Affordances of children's environments. In J. Nasar & W. Preiser(Eds.), Directions in person-environment research and practice. (pp.43-69). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing. (reprint ofHeft, 1988a, with a new afterword)


Heft, H. (1998).  Towards a functional ecology of behavior and development: The legacy of Joachim F. Wohlwill.  In D. Gorlitz, H. J. Harloff, G. Mey & J. Valsiner (Eds.), Children, cities, and psychological theories: Developing relationships. (pp. 85-110). Berlin: Walter De Gruyter.


Heft, H. (1997). The relevance of Gibson's ecological approach for environment-behavior studies. In G.T. Moore & R.W. Marans (Eds.), Advances in environment, behavior, and design  Vol. 4. (pp. 71-108) New York: Plenum.


Heft, H. (1996). The ecological approach to navigation: A Gibsonian perspective.  In J. Portugali (Ed.), The construction of cognitive maps (pp. 105-132). Dordrect: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

        Part I.   Part II.


 Heft, H., & Wohlwill, J.F.  (1987).  Environmental cognition in children.  In D. Stokols & I. Altman (Eds.), Handbook of Environmental Psychology.  New York:  John Wiley             (pp.175‑204).


             Wohlwill, J. F., & Heft, H. (1987).  The physical environment and the  development of the child.  In D. Stokols & I. Altman (Eds.), Handbook of   Environmental Psychology.  New                         York:


Heft, H. (2013).Environment, cognition, and culture: Reconsidering the cognitive map. Journalof Environmental Psychology, 33, 14-25.


Heft, H. (2007). The social constitution of perceiver-environment reciprocity. EcologicalPsychology. 19, 85-105.

Heft, H., & Saegert, S. (2007). A review of:  A Natural History of Pragmatism: The Fact of Feeling from Jonathan Edwards to Gertrude Stein by Joan Richardson. William James Studies, 2(1).

           Heft, H.(2003). Affordances, dynamic experience, and the challenge of reification. Ecological Psychology, 15, 149-180.


Heft,H. (2002). Restoring naturalism to James’s epistemology: A belated reply to Miller & Bode. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, 38,557-580.


Chawla, L., & Heft H. (2002).  Children’s competence and the ecology of communities: A functional approach to the evaluation of participation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 22, 201-216.

Heft, H., & Nasar, J.L. (2000). Evaluating environmental scenes using dynamic versus static displays. Environment & Behavior,32, 301-322.


Heft, H. (1998). Why primary experience is necessary. Contemporary Psychology, 43, 450-451.


            Heft, H. (1993).  A methodological note on overestimates of reaching distance: Distinguishing between perceptual and analytical judgments.  Ecological       Psychology, 5,                             255-271.

Heft,H. (1989). Affordances and the body:  Anintentional analysis of   Gibson'secological approach to visual perception. Journal for the Theory of SocialBehavior, 19, 1-30.