Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Explanatory burdens and natural law: Invoking a field description of perception-action

Robert E. Shaw a1 and Jeffrey B. Wagman a1
a1 Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269


Although we agree with Hommel et al. that perception and action refer to one another, we disagree that they do so via a code. Gibson (1966; 1979) attempted to frame perception-action as a field phenomenon rather than as a particle phenomenon. From such a perspective, perception and action are adjoint, mutually interacting through an information field, and codes are unnecessary.