Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

An affordance field for guiding movement and cognition

Arthur M. Glenberg a1, Monica R. Cowart a2 and Michael P. Kaschak a1
a1 Psychology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706
a2 Philosophy Department, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA 01845


An embodied movement-planning field cannot account for behavior and cognition more abstract than that of reaching. Instead, we propose an affordance field, and we sketch how it could enhance the analysis of the A-not-B error, underlie cognition, and serve as a base for language. Admittedly, a dynamic systems account of an affordance field awaits significant further development.