Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

The role of action representations in the dynamics of embodied cognition

Natika Newton a1
a1 Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY 11530


Thelen et al. present a convincing explanation of the A-not-B error, but contrary to their own claims, their explanation essentially involves mental representations. As is too common among cognitive scientists, they equate mental representations with representations of external physical objects. They clearly show, however, that representations of bodily actions on physical objects are central to the dynamical system producing the error.