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In the writings of the Hungarian-born US psychologist Egon Brunswik (1903–55) and his followers, an aspect of an ecology (2) that an organism cannot perceive directly but judges from a sensory cue (2) to the best of its ability, the correlation between the sensory cue and the ecological criterion being the ecological validity (2) of the cue. Also called a distal criterion. See also Brunswikian, lens model, probabilistic functionalism.

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