Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Unifying by binding: Will binding really bind?

Jörn Diedrichsen a1 and Eliot Hazeltine a2
a1 Department of Psychology, University of California, Tolman Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
a2 NASA-Ames Research Center, MS 262-4, Moffett Field, CA 94035


The theory of event coding by Hommel et al. proposes that feature binding is a central component of action planning. To evaluate the binding hypothesis, we consider findings from studies of action-perception interference and bimanual movements. We argue that although binding of action features may be a valuable concept, interference from partial feature overlap does not provide a parsimonious account for the observed phenomena.