Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Ecological information and prospective control without mental representation

Nam-Gyoon Kim a1 and Judith A. Effken a2
a1 Department of Psychology, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ 07470
a2 College of Nursing, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0203


We agree with the authors that an adequate account of the perception-action interface is needed. However, we believe that the answer will not be found in a common representational structure encoding distal events, as the authors propose, but in Gibson's notion of ecological information, which, as we demonstrate, specifies not only perspective but also prospective and retrospective states of affairs.