Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

The event-code: Not the solution to a problem, but a problem to be solved

Michael J. Richardson a1 and Claire F. Michaels a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269


We commend the argument that perception and action are tightly coupled. We claim that the argument is not new, that uniting stimulus and response codes is not a problem for a cognitive system, only for psychologists who assume them, and that the Theory of Event Coding (TEC)'s event-codes are arbitrary and ungrounded. Affordances and information offer the common basis for perception-action (and even for event-codes).