Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Event coding as feature guessing: The lessons of the motor theory of speech perception

Bruno Galantucci a1, Carol A. Fowler a2 and M. T. Turvey a1
a1 University of CT, Box U-1020, Storrs, CT 06269
a2 Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, CT 06511


The claim that perception and action are commonly coded because they are indistinguishable at the distal level is crucial for theories of cognition. However, the consequences of this claim run deep, and the Theory of Event Coding (TEC) is not up to the challenge it poses. We illustrate why through a brief review of the evidence that led to the motor theory of speech perception.